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15th May – Online
Workforce Preparation for the “New Normal”



The business environment has changed and therefore our workforces need to change, adapt and upskill. Discover how to ensure your workforce can restart, reconfigure and build resilience through the recovery phases of Covid-19.

Professor Carwyn Jones MS will chair this latest webinar session to consider the future of the new business environment.  Looking at what companies can do now, to upskill their workforce in preparation for the future and what recovery might look like.

Professor Jones MS will be joined by: 

• Jeremy Miles MS for Neath
We will ask Jeremy to share his insights on issues facing the Welsh economy and the current government thinking as to how we can support both a restart and what we might need to do to reconfigure.

• Mark Dacey, Principal and CEO, NPTC Group of Colleges
Mark will share his thoughts in adapting our workforces to the new normal and where businesses can find help in meeting their skills gaps.

• Linda Whittaker, CEO, Tai Tarian
Linda will focus on Tai Tarian’s approach in continuing with ‘business as usual’ and the lessons they have learned.  Also what planning they are doing to transition out of lockdown.

Speaker Bios

Jeremy Miles MS

Jeremy was elected to the Senedd Cymru | Welsh Parliament for Neath constituency in May 2016, as the Welsh Labour and Co-operative party candidate, following the retirement of Gwenda Thomas MS/AS. Prior to joining the Welsh Government in 2017, Jeremy was a member of a number of parliamentary committees including Economy, Skills and Infrastructure; Culture, Welsh Language and Communications and the External Affairs Committee. He also chaired the Co-operative group of Labour MS’s.

Jeremy was appointed to the Cabinet as Counsel General in November 2017. Following the election of Mark Drakeford MS/AS as First Minister in December 2018, he retained this role along with assuming the new post of Brexit Minister. He was recently tasked with the role of coordinating the Welsh Government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, by the First Minister Mark Drakeford.

His interests include economic and community development, and education and skills.

Mark Dacey

Mark has worked as an Associate Lecturer, Lecturer, Curriculum Development Manager, Head of Department, Dean of Faculty and Campus Principal. He has worked in numerous colleges in Wales and in England. He was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Education and Training working for Estyn (the Office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in Wales), prior to being appointed Principal of Neath Port Talbot College on 1 April 2004, and subsequently Group Chief Executive on 1 August 2013.

Other roles: Mark is Chair of the Children’s Rights Unit, a member of the Public Service Board and Chair of the 14-19 Network.

Linda Whittaker

Linda has over 30 years’ experience in housing, starting as an accountant in the private sector with housing association clients she then spent eleven years working for two Welsh associations in senior finance and business development roles.

Having later gained experience of working as a consultant on stock transfers in England and Wales, Linda moved to the Welsh Government in a finance role, with responsibility for the administration budget for the organisation. After three years, she was promoted into the Senior Civil Service as the Director of Housing for Wales. As policy lead for all housing issues, she oversaw a number of stock transfers as well as having responsibility for regulation of Registered Social Landlords in Wales. Linda was appointed the Chief Executive of NPT Homes in 2010 (which became Tai Tarian in 2017).  Tai Tarian has 9,000 homes all based in Neath Port Talbot and employs over 520 staff to deliver services to tenants and manage and maintain the properties.

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WHEN:15th May 2020 – 10:00am – 11:00am