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:

  • North Wales Regional Skills Partnership (NWRSP)
  • South East Wales Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (CCRSP)
  • South West and Mid Wales Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP)

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 are refreshed every three years and provide recommendations to Welsh Government to influence the prioritisation and deployment of skills funding including Apprenticeship and Further Education allocations.

Within their regions RSPs are also involved in ongoing research, Labour Market Intelligence, development and delivery of ESF projects, ensuring that regions are strategically aligned with European funding bids, and working with anchor companies and other companies of regional importance.

Regional Employment and Skills Plans 2019-22

South East Wales – Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (CCRSP)

North Wales - North Wales Regional Skills Partnership (NWRSP) Concise Version of plan

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

Independent Review of Regional Skills Partnerships

SQW was commissioned in March 2019 to consider the consistency of the skills insight and intelligence that is gathered by the three Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs) and how it is used and presented; and how the RSPs contribute to, inform and are informed by the plans of the City and Growth Deals. The research took place in March and April and included consultation with RSP managers and chairs, as well as wider stakeholders.

The findings of the review are available here in SQW’s report for Welsh Government – “Independent Review of Regional Skills Partnerships' evidence-based planning”.

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.


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