This summit mainly discussed existing and possible future labour market interventions in response to large-scale job losses across traditional industries (deindustrialization) in Wales, with a particular focus on the North West Wales labour market. There were a number of academic and stakeholder speakers, followed by an interactive session involving the audience, which informed debate and research. Speakers considered anticipatory responses to restructuring and redundancy in Anglesey Aluminium and Wylfa/Trawsfynydd nuclear power plants as well as other general labour market issues more widely affecting Wales. Stakeholder speakers provided important practical and policy insights into the North Wales regional labour market.

Possible themes to be discussed included: can more be done to better coordinate/match supply (of skills) with demand (creation of decent job opportunities) in the labour market?; the role of labour market intermediaries (LMIs) like the North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) and ‘Shaping The Future’ in linking skills and jobs; the importance of nurturing supply-chains and labour market ‘multiplier effecs’; should the focus be on core industry clusters (energy, tourism, etc)?; labour market challenges facing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); what public interventions might be possible in the Welsh labour market?

An agenda for the event can be downloaded



The presentations given at this event can be downloaded using the links below:

Rhys Davies – Evaluating the effects of redundancy related training interventions in Wales – Resource_LabourMarketSummit_RD

Tony Dobbins and Alexandra Plows –  Anticipatory responses to redundancy in the Welsh nuclear power industry – Resource_LabourMarketSummit_TDAP

Ewart Keep – Regionalising skills policy in Wales and its links to economic development – some issues and challenges – Resource_LabourMarketSummit_EK

Iwan Thomas – Clear economic focus as a skills drives – Resource_LabourMarketSummit_IT

Dylan Williams – Dealing with structural economic and labour market change: A local authority perspective – Resource_LabourMarketSummit_DW_EN

More information

For more information about this event please contact Alex Plows (