WESB


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But now is a good time to look at the structure of WESB. The current members' term of office ends next month and, with the advent of the new Welsh Government and a changing economic and policy landscape, I have decided to introduce some changes to the operation of the board from the new year.
These include me personally taking forward the role of chair and using the expertise of the WESB to advise me on skills needs and priorities - including giving a broader perspective on the skills-related advice emerging from the sector panels set up around each of the priority economic sectors.
WESB will continue to focus on the "employer voice", but with new membership based on employer and workplace representation rather than individuals appointed through the public appointments process.
External input to the work of government is vital and the WESB helps bring new thinking to Wales.
In Wales, the WESB has been a champion on this thinking, arguing that we need to do more to stimulate demand for skills, for example by promoting the "high performance working" practices that make the best use of skills.
Furthermore, perhaps because it is the natural inclination of government to work in a compartmentalised way, the WESB has regularly thrown down the challenge to greater "integration" and indeed that of a "Whole-government approach" - language reflected in our new Programme for Government.
Last year, WESB were asked by ministers to provide advice on priorities for investment in post-16 training and skills development.
You can see the full WESB report at www.wesb.org.uk * Jeff Cuthbert is Deputy Minister for Skills in the Welsh Government
Science, Innovation and Skills Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "WESB makes a valued and important contribution to WAG through the provision of advice on employment, business support and skills policy which is greatly appreciated.
He said: "The WESB has set out a sobering but realistic appraisal of Wales' economic performance and is to be congratulated for this.
WESB member and co-author of the report, John Geraint - the founder and creative director at Green Bay Media in Cardiff - said Wales had to be more ambitious in its aspirations.
WESB, a newly created independent body, advises the Welsh Assembly Government on how skills, employment and business support systems might be improved to respond to, and meet the needs of, employers and individuals across Wales.