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Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science
Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science
We want to build a Wales that is healthy and active, prosperous and secure, ambitious and learning, and united and connected.
Our Programme for Government, Taking Wales Forward, includes a commitment to reshape employability support for job ready individuals and for those furthest away from the labour market.

Plans to deliver this commitment were outlined in an Oral Statement (external link) delivered by the Minister for Skills and Science on 11th July.

Employability is not just about jobs and skills, it is about getting every aspect of Government - education, health, housing, communities, transport, rurality, childcare, regional development – all working together to support people into sustainable employment.

To deliver this commitment the Welsh Government is developing an Employability Delivery Plan which will make connections across government to ensure a more integrated approach to employability is delivered; one that is better suited to the needs of the people and businesses of Wales.

The Plan will be developed by a cross-Welsh Government Employability Board made up of senior officials. The Board was established by the Minister for Skills and Science to ensure a far more integrated approach.

To oversee this work we have established a Ministerial Employability Working Group is chaired by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.

The Employability Delivery Plan will be underpinned by a new employability programme Working Wales to be delivered from April 2019.  

Working Wales will support both adults and young people and will replace our current suite of programmes: ReAct, Jobs Growth Wales, the Employability Skills Programme and Traineeships.

We welcome your thoughts on our approach to employability support. If you have any comments please send them to