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Universities Wales response to regional skills partnerships inquiry

Today the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee at the National Assembly for Wales published their report on regional skills partnerships in Wales. The report makes a number of recommendations including on the need to stimulate higher level skills demand in Wales.

Responding to the report’s recommendations, Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Chair of Universities Wales, said:

“We welcome the Economy, Skills and Infrastructure Committee’s recognition of the need for more to be done to stimulate employer demand for higher level skills.

“In our publication – ‘Solving Future Skills Challenges’ – we highlighted the potential impact of technological change on the workplace in Wales, and identified how our population is, on the whole, older than the rest of the UK and less well qualified. This means providing the opportunity for people of all ages and background to access higher education is going to be even more important in Wales than it will be elsewhere in the UK.

“We are also pleased to see the committee recognise the ways in which higher education already contributes to the skills landscape in Wales, and that universities must take their own decisions regarding their awards and admissions decisions.”

You can read Universities Wales’ submission to the inquiry here.