The Latest in Skills and Talent across South East Wales

Celebrations are in order for October – from the successful graduates of Venture’s Tech Bootcamps to the winners of the 2023 Wales STEM Awards, we’re pleased to see several hardworking individuals and businesses rewarded for their achievements.  

However, as ongoing skills shortages continue to affect Welsh businesses, new skills developments continue to emerge in the Region – from PwC’s launch of 1000 new jobs in Cardiff, to Tramshed Tech’s new tech programmes, it’s clear that demand for upskilling remains high. 

Venture into Tech Graduates Secure Lucrative Job Offers

Less than a month after Venture Graduates’ Venture into Data, Digital, and Cyber Bootcamps, several graduates have secured roles in local businesses in South East Wales. 

Businesses such as Principality Building Society, Admiral, and Big Learning Company have offered roles to graduates who completed the intensive three-week upskilling Bootcamp. Their newfound skills in data, digital, and cyber, are welcomed by local employers from a variety of different industries who need these vital tech skills. 

By collaborating with a number of industry partners and leading training providers Big Learning Company, Cyber Innovation Hub, and iungo Solutions, Venture’s Bootcamps equipped graduates with the technical and practical workplace skills they need to succeed. 

Wales STEM Awards Announce 2023 Winners

This year’s Wales STEM Awards recognised finalists across Wales who have demonstrated innovative work within the sector, alongside diversity and skills initiatives seeking to close the skills gap and widen access to the industry.  

Hosted by broadcaster Sian Lloyd and sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University, the ceremony celebrated achievements such as STEM Woman of the Year, STEM Sustainability Award, and Innovation in STEM Award. 

These awards applaud the individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to Welsh STEM industry and ensure they are acknowledged for their fantastic work across the sector. 

New Connections Made at Wales Tech Week

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) and Venture Graduates attended Wales Tech Week at ICC Wales in Newport on 16-18th October, speaking to a variety of businesses about CCR’s investments and the Venture Graduate Programme. 

CCR’s Cluster Development Managers networked with several businesses across their priority sectors, including FinTech, Cyber, and Creative, to forge new connections and build relationships within the tech industry. 

Venture Graduates sponsored Day 3’s Tech4Talent event, designed to attract new talent to technology. CCR’s Skills and Talent Manager Rowena O’Sullivan hosted a ‘Venture into the Future’ panel to discuss alternative pathways into tech – highlighting accessible routes into the field to widen the talent pool and match growing industry demands. 

Skills Shortages Continue to Affect Welsh Businesses

Chambers Wales South East, South West, and Mid Wales have found that according to their Quarterly Economic Survey, over half of Welsh businesses consider upskilling staff a priority. 

Despite these ambitions, businesses reported facing several barriers to upskilling staff, including access to funding for training and recruiting new skilled employees, with several businesses struggling to access the training they need to grow and improve their workforces. 

It’s clear that a sustainable, long-term approach is needed to mitigate the impact of skills shortages upon Welsh businesses and economic growth. 

PwC Create 1000 New Jobs in Cardiff

PwC are making a significant investment in Wales to drive upskilling and economic growth efforts, with a programme of investment that will create over 1000 high-skilled jobs in Cardiff. 

Whilst these roles cover a wide range of disciplines, PwC’s focus lies in digital and technology. To support these ambitions, PwC aim to build programmes to improve skills and opportunities for people from underrepresented backgrounds – driving inclusion and accessibility by widening their talent pool and diversifying ways of thinking throughout the business.  

Welsh Government has ring-fenced £2m of investment to support PwC’s programmes and drive inclusive economic growth. 

Tramshed Tech Drive Tech Development in Wales

Tramshed Tech are working with industry partners to launch new programmes in GreenTech and CreativeTech.  

As part of the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme (EPP) funded by the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology, these programmes will accelerate business growth in critical areas of the digital economy. 

The GreenTech programme will grow sustainability-centric businesses by providing expert training and network support to boost commercial green skills. 

The CreativeTech programme focuses on Convergent Content, connected tech and creating industries to expand content distribution and access new audiences, whilst fostering collaboration between the sectors. 

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