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Regional Skills Partnerships

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee would welcome your views on:

  • Is the data and evidence being used by the Regional Skills Partnerships timely, valid and reliable? Have there been any issues?
  • How well do the partnerships engage with and take into account the views of those who do not sit on the partnership boards, and how well do they account for the views of the skills providers themselves?
  • How do the key City and Growth Deal roles of the Regional Skills Partnerships influence their Welsh Government remit?
  • Are the Regional Skills Partnerships able to actually reflect current and future skills demands within their regions? What about very specialised skills for which there may be low volumes of demand?
  • Do the Regional Skills partnerships have sufficient knowledge and understanding of:

o   the foundational economy and the needs of those employed within it; and

o   the demand for skills provision through the medium of Welsh?

  • Are the Regional Skills Partnerships adequately resourced to fulfil their growing role?
  • Is there an appropriate balance between the work of the RSPs and wider views on skills demand?
  • Is the level of operational detail set out by Welsh Government for skills provision in higher/further education and work-based learning providers appropriate?
  • If there are any, how are tensions between learner demand / learner progression reconciled with Regional Skills Partnership conclusions and the Welsh Government preference for funding higher level skills?
  • Have the Regional Skills Partnerships and Welsh Government been able to stimulate changes in skills provision ‘on the ground’ to reflect demand?
  • What, in general, is working well and what evidence of success and impact is there?
  • Are there any aspects of the policy that are not working well, have there been any unintended consequences, and what improvements can be made?

The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is 4 March 2019.

If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us. For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. For those who would like to submit their response electronically, please send your submission in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment to

For those who would like to submit their views in hard copy, letters can be addressed as follows:

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually.

When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA




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