On 14th June, we hosted a special event to explore how organisations can collaborate better to help young people play an active role in Welsh growth.

Attended by over 120 guests and held at The Principality Stadium, the event featured a panel discussion chaired by former Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government, Sir Derek Jones.

The Growing Wales Together discussion included contributions from Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science, Ian Price, CBI Wales and Alwen Williams from BT Cymru. Ali Abdi, of Cardiff University, Sharon James, Cardiff and the Vale College and Phil Jones from The Prince’s Trust Cymru were also on the panel. Minister for Skills and Science Julie James said,

We want an environment where everyone, regardless of their background can reach their full potential and are committed to working with partners including The Prince's Trust Cymru to address the many barriers preventing people from entering and remaining in employment.

We are increasing our provision for young people in Wales and parallel to this growth, we want major new projects to be seen as a way to help disadvantaged young people get into high-value work. Phil Jones, Wales Director, said,

There are a number of landmark projects that can transform communities across Wales. These projects require high-skilled workers and we are determined to enable young Welsh people to move into these roles.

Director of CBI Wales Ian Price, who recently joined The Prince’s Trust Cymru Council, said,

Organisations like The Prince’s Trust can play a crucial role in matching business needs to opportunities for young people. Without making those connections, so many younger people are at risk of being left behind.

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