The Latest in Skills and Talent in South East Wales

March brought news of several exciting skills developments that are creating a variety of opportunities for our Region’s talent base, spanning the creative industries, technology, and advanced manufacturing. 

Cardiff Capital Region and Cardiff and Vale College Launch Tech Bootcamps

As part of Cardiff Capital Region’s (CCR) Skills Programme, CCR and Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) launched two new Bootcamps in digital and cybersecurity skills to equip 40 participants with in-demand tools and skills to embark on a new career in technology. 

On behalf of CAVC, Cyber Innovation Hub and Big Learning Company are delivering industry-leading training content over 10 weeks to ensure each participant is ready to make an immediate impact in the workplace. The Bootcamps are open to all – school-leavers, graduates, career returners, and career convertors who are eager to take the first step in their tech career.

Learn more here: Fast track training programmes for adults – Cardiff and Vale College (cavc.ac.uk)

Cardiff Capital Region and Venture Graduates Champion Tech Rising Star of the Year

Organised by Technology Connected, this year’s Wales Tech Awards took place on Friday 22nd March, bringing innovative organisations, individuals, and industry leaders together in an evening of networking and celebration of the Welsh tech sector. 

Cardiff Capital Region and Venture Graduates sponsored the Rising Star of the Year Award to celebrate the achievements of exceptional tech talent. The award will recognise the outstanding individuals making strides to become a future leader in tech.  

Matthew Davies, CEO at The Social Work Way, won the prestigious award in recognition of his work to provide digital solutions to streamline technology efficiency and support the wellbeing of individuals working in the social work sector. CCR and Venture Graduates congratulated Matthew on his win and his continued tech innovation within the sector.  

Rolls-Royce To Open New Office in Cardiff

Rolls-Royce Submarines have announced their decision to open a new office in St Mellons Business Park, creating 130 new jobs.  

The location of the new office was chosen strategically to take advantage of the Region’s skills base that will support the growth of Rolls-Royce Submarines’ portfolio of defence nuclear projects. Roles in the new site will focus on the fields of mechanical design, materials engineering, structural integrity analysis, thermal analysis and fluid dynamics.  

The proposed Cardiff Parkway station was also identified as a contributing factor to the investment, connecting the site to the Region’s universities and transport links to Bristol and London. 

Bad Wolf Secure 4 Year Deal to Deliver Regional Growth in South Wales

Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf have secured a £4 million deal brokered by Creative Wales to support and grow the Welsh creative sector.   

The deal ensures that at least four Bad Wolf Productions will be shot and produced in Wales up to March 2027, utilising the existing creative skills base and ensuring longer-term security for production crews and supply chain companies operating in our Region. By working with local talent across production, writing, directing, and acting, the deal will consolidate the Welsh creative sector and ensure it continues to grow from strength to strength. 

The funding will provide opportunities for upskilling and support at least 42 paid trainee placements across high-end productions, as well as 25 work shadowing placements to increase diversity and widen access to the industry. 

£100m to Support Skills and Job Creation for Tata Steel Transition

UK Government has reaffirmed a £100m investment in skills, training, and job creation in South Wales to support the Welsh steel industry’s workforce.  

A transition board was established to support those affected by Tata Steel’s transition to low carbon steelmaking, focusing on providing immediate support to communities and businesses and developing a long-term plan to regenerate the local region and drive economic growth. The board will drive targeted skills support and job opportunities for the workforce to evolve with the increasingly sustainable industrial landscape.  

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