Building a better Wales – lessons from Europe

As the political climate within the UK, and across the wider world, remains uncertain, issues of economic resilience and how to better prepare for economic shocks are ever more important.

Undertaken on behalf of ColegauCymru/CollegesWales, this research draws on the experiences of six European regions (Flanders, Belgium; Niederosterreich, Austria; Pays de la Loire, France; Pomorskie, Poland; Schleswig-Holstein, Germany; and Tampere, Finland) and examines the relationship between higher level skills and economic resilience. Using a range of published evidence and face-to-face interviews across the six regions, the research team found that a range of factors influenced economic resilience, of which higher level skills was just one aspect.

The report makes an important contribution to the debate on economic resilience, skills and importantly, how Wales can make the most of the knowledge and experience shared by our partners in other European countries. Collaboration, whether within regions or between regions, remains key as we seek to charter the future.

We will discuss the findings at our next Further Education and Future Skills Cross Party Group sponsored by John Griffiths AM at Tŷ Hywel on 24 September 2019.

ColegauCymru is grateful for funding from the European Union via an EACEA grant to EQAVET National Reference Points. Our thanks go also to the research team of Dr Mark Lang, Phil Whitney, Bradley Tanner and Ian Pegg, and to Professor Gill Bristow and Dr Adrian Healy at Cardiff University for their expert support and guidance, as well as everyone who gave their time and expertise and contributed to the project, across the six European regions and within Wales.

Dr Rachel Bowen
Director of Policy and Development, ColegauCymru

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Disclaimer: The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi¬ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.