Jessica steps in to address the skills crisis in Wales
Liveryman, Jessica Leigh Jones has stepped up to the challenge of addressing Wales’ skills crisis. Jones co-founded iungo solutions in January 2020 to respond to the future skills requirements of emerging and evolving industries in Wales. “iungo”, meaning “to connect”, aims to form the connective tissue between policy makers, employers and training providers. Apprenticeships are positioned at the heart of iungo’s strategy to create a resilient, highly skilled and prosperous Welsh workforce.
iungo works with employers to identify skills gaps and create a talent management strategy for developing existing employees and recruiting new talent, achieved through the medium of high-quality, cost-effective apprenticeships. iungo will provide Quality Assurance to employers through validation of apprenticeship objectives, management of training provider relationships and support for developing the organisation’s capability and environment.
iungo has commissioned a report outlining an ambitious Vision for Apprenticeships in Wales centred on alignment with industry, economic growth and social mobility. Input has been sought from more than 80 senior colleagues from across industry and education to produce seven recommendations for consideration by Welsh Government as part of their review of apprenticeships. The report will become publicly available in February 2020.
Jones is an experienced company director specialising in organisational design and development, with a background in engineering and physics. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education in England, and the WJEC, Wales’ largest awarding organisation. Jones has teamed up with an industry colleague with more than 15 years’ cross-sector management experience to make iungo a reality.