The Latest in Skills & Talent in Southeast Wales

From celebrating apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week to driving digital and AI innovation, February saw a number of new developments in skills and talent across our Region.

The journey to net zero continues to play a prominent role in our Region, with recent sustainability initiatives demonstrating how vital green skills are in the route to decarbonisation.

Venturing into Data Analytics

After last year’s successful Venture into Data Bootcamp, Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) teamed up with Cardiff and Vale College and iungo Solutions to deliver another industry-leading Data Analytics Bootcamp funded by CCR and the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund.

As part of CCR’s Cluster Skills Programme, the Data Analytics Bootcamp is designed to equip participants with the essential technical and employability skills to kickstart their careers in the world of data. After completing a Level 3 Data Analytics Qualification and becoming a certified Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst, the Bootcamp provides candidates the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and interview with local employers for a live vacancy.

The successful launch this month saw career-returners, career-changers, graduates, and school-leavers embark on a fantastic opportunity to develop the in-demand skillsets they need to power businesses across Southeast Wales.

Powering Green Development at the Port of Newport

Associated British Ports (ABP) have announced its ambitious masterplan to harness investments in renewable energy to drive decarbonisation efforts and reach net zero by 2040.

ABP’s plans focus on developing sustainable facilities, including wind and solar sources, carbon capture, hydrogen electrolysis, and e-fuel manufacturing plants, with the wider ambition to develop a clean-manufacturing and logistics growth cluster.

These developments are expected to attract a new cluster of businesses and create hundreds of productive jobs at the heart of the clean growth hub – maximising the opportunities to shape a zero-carbon economy.

Launching Skills for Space

Cardiff-based scale-up Space Forge is one of two space companies awarded investment by the UK Space Agency to develop research, manufacturing, and testing facilities in Wales.

SpaceForge will build a National Microgravity Research Centre for advanced material research and production, establishing a central hub for the space sector and playing a significant role in advancing innovative in-space manufacturing research.

The research centre will drive the development of the growing space industry in Wales, leading innovation within the sector and supporting the creation of new highly skilled jobs.

Putting Renewable Energy Skills to the Test at the Senedd

Organised by Inspiring Skills Excellence, the Renewable Energy Skills Competition Wales brought college students across Wales together to explore sustainable ideas to support net zero ambitions.

The competition saw different teams compete to develop renewable energy solutions, with the opportunity to test and optimise their ideas with the event’s sponsors, Gwynt Glas – a partnership between EDF Renewables UK and DP Energy.

The event held a ‘Future of Net Zero in Further Education’ roundtable to explore the role of skills in the route to decarbonisation, emphasising the crucial need to inspire young people to pursue training opportunities within the sustainability and renewables sector in order to meet net zero targets.

Cardiff University Driving Advanced AI Research

Led by the University of Bristol, the AI for Collective Intelligence (AI4CI) hub will be supported by researchers from Cardiff University to transform existing uses of AI and develop new machine learning and smart agent technologies to achieve collective intelligence.

The hub is one of nine new hubs supported by an £80 million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in a commitment to driving the UK to the forefront of AI research and innovation. Cardiff University’s leadership in fintech research will underpin another section of the hub’s focus, collaborating with local and national fintech ecosystems to co-create sustainable solutions for financial decision making.

The hub will provide new postgraduate and postdoctoral research opportunities in AI technologies and applications, creating new talent pools who will develop meaningful solutions to sector challenges.

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Written by Esme Grainger, Graduate Associate at Cardiff Capital Region.

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