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Regional Skills Partnerships

Regional Skills Partnerships are in place to drive investment in skills by developing responses based upon local and regional need.


The Regional Skills Partnerships are:

  • Regional Skills Partnership North Wales
  • South East Wales Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership
  • South West and Mid Wales Regional Learning and Skills Partnership

Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs) are tasked with analysing economic challenges and likely growth areas to identify the skills needed in the workforce. 

They produce Regional Employment and Skills Plans to analyse and influence the provision of skills based on regional economic need, to support growth and key infrastructure projects in each region. The Regional Employment and Skills Plans build on and support priorities identified by Enterprise Zones, City Deal, City Regions and cross border collaborations.

The plans provide recommendations to Welsh Government to influence the prioritisation and deployment of skills funding. In 2016-17 they will impact on Apprenticeship and Further Education allocations. The plans will be refreshed annually from July 2016. It is intended that the plans will reach a far wider audience in coming years, expanding their influence across Welsh Government and the skills delivery infrastructure.
Within their regions, RSPs are also involved in ongoing research, Labour Market Intelligence, developing and delivering European Social Fund projects, region-proofing of European funding proposals to ensure regional strategic fit and working with anchor and other regionally important companies.

Welsh Government has produced a set of three Regional Labour Market Intelligence Reports to provide Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs) with a consistent set of core labour market intelligence (LMI) available on which to base their Regional Employment and Skills Plans.

In addition to aiding the Regional Skills Partnerships, the Regional LMI Reports should form an easily accessible source of regional LMI for all users.


Regional Skills Partnership Map

To find out how our regional partners plan to address the economic priorities within your region please click on your region.

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Regional Skills Partnership North Wales

Regional Skills Partnership North Wales covers:
The Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.

Contact: Iwan Thomas


Economic observatory:

Regional Learning and Skills Partnership South West & Mid Wales (RLSP).

South West and Central Wales Regional Learning Partnership covers:
Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Powys.

Contact: Jane Lewis


Economic observatory:

South East Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSkIP)

The South East Wales Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership covers:
Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan.

Contact: Karen Higgins


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