Glyndŵr University to host North Wales skills conference
October 11 2013
Business leaders and politicians from across the country will descend on Glyndŵr University for a vital skills summit.
Skills Conference North Wales is to bring together companies and forge new links to meet the requirements and challenges facing the private and public sectors when it comes to training and education.
Organised by engineering skills organisation SEMTA, EEF (the Engineering Employers’ Federation) and Askar Sheibani, CEO of Deeside telecom and network repair service Comtek, the event will look at how apprenticeships and learning can benefit the economy.
MPs, Assembly members, training providers, head teachers, representatives from Coleg Cambria and giants of North Wales industry will be in attendance at the Wrexham University’s Catrin Finch Centre on Friday November 15.
“The Skills Conference will be invaluable to businesses and training providers, and Glyndŵr University will be at the heart of it,” said Askar.
“What we want is to discuss the issues and get results, so it’s not just a talking shop. There will be politicians there from Westminster and the Welsh Government so we hope to see action for the business community.”
He added: “The event will be looking to address the needs of Wales and the UK. The skills issue is huge and we need to get everyone together so we can highlight the problems we’ve got in improving our economic growth at a grass roots level and higher.
“We need innovative recommendations for Government and to highlight the challenges facing industry today. From this we should follow it up and see tangible results.”
Wrexham Assembly member Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Minister for Local Government and Government Business, is looking forward to the summit and believes Glyndŵr University has a strong role to play in developing skills in Wales.
She said: “Creating apprenticeships and utilising skills will not only support our younger population but boost our regional and national economies as well as safeguarding lifelong learning opportunities for future generations.
“Wales is a fantastic place to grow and develop businesses and it is vital the relevant establishments and institutions communicate and work together to provide greater opportunities.
“The conference can help raise awareness, promote the significant issues and strengthen the network of organisations that can undoubtedly make a substantial difference in our society.”
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas added: “For our local economy to work well, we need a virtuous circle between our workforce, our businesses and our local education institutions.
“Building and maintaining links between our employers and education providers, so that each is aware of the needs of the other, is vital – as is making sure that both get the right message through to Government.
“I hope this conference will help strengthen the links we already have and build new ones.”