Professor Richard Owen, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University
Professor Patricia Leighton, Ipag Business School, France
Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Social Partnership, Welsh Government
Professor Alan Felstead, Cardiff University
Sarah Veale, former Equalities Director, TUC and member of Fair Work Wales
Martin Downes FRSA, Social Entrepreneurship Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre
Claire Savage, Credit Union of Wales
Dr Joanna Drake-Deputy Director research and Innovation, European Commission and former DG Environment, EC
Berwyn Davies, Head Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB)
In recent years, Wales has established a reputation for progressive and often distinctive ways of responding to employment and related issues. This has sometimes been done by using creatively devolved powers but also by actively seeking new and effective means of bringing about change. An agenda which seeks to build on collaborative and community initiatives has been instrumental in achieving many improvements. However, the UK labour market and workers are today facing major challenges, from the continuing impact of COVID and BREXIT, technological developments and shortfalls, not least in skills development. However, there are also many opportunities.
This conference aims to bring together and evaluate a range of initiatives and activities in Wales to demonstrate their particular qualities and to assess their effectives and what might be learnt from them. What do informed observers from outside Wales think? The route to sustainable success is not standardised. This conference brings together a range of people concerned with policy making with those implementing change ‘on the ground’.
The event is underpinned by a number of themes which will be explored, not only as regards their meaning and application but mainly in terms of why they appear essential for success. As we know, too often success is defined in terms of success for a limited range of people, be they investors or business owners but not available to ordinary workers. By contrast, Wales, perhaps inspired by famous ‘son’, Robert Owen, has long had a reputation for co-operative and collaborative work models, including those which can be extended, for example, to integrate skills providers and professional bodies more directly with employment.
Contact: Professor Richard Owen (Email: email@example.com)