On Thursday 8 May 2014 City & Guilds hosted the inaugural Social Care and Childcare Forum for Wales. The Forum brought together educators, employers and industry leaders from across the social care and childcare sectors to discuss the fundamental changes affecting the social care and childcare sectors in Wales.
The Forum examined the evidence behind the need for change and addressed the key challenges that have to be met if Wales is to safeguard the quality of the industry, ensure public safety and meet the demands of modern society.
The event was hosted by City & Guilds' UK Managing Director, Kirstie Donnelly and opened with a broadcast by Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Welsh Government, recorded exclusively for the Forum. Keynote presentations were delivered by Kim Ebrahim, Head of Vocational Qualifications Regulation and Development, Welsh Government and Jacky Drysdale, Workforce Development Manager, Welsh Government.
Delegates were treated to a live panel debate chaired by Kirstie Donnelly and featuring industry specialists including:
- Kim Ebrahim, Head of Vocational Qualifications Regulation and Development, Welsh Government
- Jacky Drysdale, Workforce Development Manager, Care Council for Wales
- Colin Tucker, CEO, Educ8
- Patrick Leonard, Head of Commercial Curriculum, Coleg Cambria
- Joan Price, Matron / Manager, Panteg Nursing Home, the Summerhill Group
In the afternoon delegates enjoyed a series of workshop sessions from industry experts, education specialists, training providers and employers.