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Shaping the Future

At a time of national and global shortages in key technical and engineering expertise, North West Wales offers a unique concentration of scarce and sought-after skills to support Welsh sustainable growth plans.

The Shaping the Future project aimed to improve the skills and adaptability of the 1,200 employees of Wylfa and Trawsfynydd nuclear power stations, whose careers are significantly threatened by the decommissioning of these facilities over the next five to seven years. By developing the human capital of a workforce facing redundancy an important regional legacy has been provided. Beneficiaries are encouraged to think regionally and develop the skills they will need in the future to create sustainable, skill diverse careers in North West Wales.

The project supports career transition into non-nuclear sectors of the knowledge economy in Wales, focusing on the Welsh Government's target industry sectors and Enterprise Zones (listed below) providing carefully monitored encouragement, support and funding for individuals to 'skill up for the future'. The programme has been working closely with policy makers and officials to make sure it continues to deliver these transformational strategies.

  • Anglesey
  • Snowdonia
  • Deeside

Funding Partners
Shaping the Future brings together public and private sector partners including local authorities and employers. A three-year project, StF has been backed with £2.3m from the European Social Fund, £1.2m from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), funding from the Môn a Menai Regeneration Fund through the Welsh Government and additional funding from Anglesey and Gwynedd County Councils.

Project Achievements
Shaping the Future has exceeded its target for enrolments and training – with over 1,400 people involved in the project.


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Project Legacy
The project leaves a legacy of economic improvement, as well as evidence for the need of a Labour Market Intermediary able to interpret the regional job market, especially for working adults responding to new opportunities as they arise. The North Wales economy is positioning itself, as a direct result of inward investment initiatives, to host 17 major construction projects over the next 5-10 years, all of which will need a talented and highly skilled workforce. There will be an increasing level of market churn for labour as mainstay employers close and new employers (both corporate and SME) enter the region.

Shaping the Future will be leaving an important legacy, such as a workforce which is ready for tomorrow and able to see the opportunities, having prepared for them. Shaping the Future is leaving a unique and detailed set of databases and evidence of a workforce that is benefiting from pre-emptive measures aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of major redundancies in a region facing underlying significant socioeconomic challenges.

Project Report - "Skilling up for the Future"
Putting human capital at the heart of development

On 19 March 2015, the project launched its legacy report providing commentary and analysis on a 4 year project. The report illustrates the projects ability to work in harmony with the Welsh Government's policy agenda, how the project is building skills for the region and adapting to local needs, its results and its legacy.

Shaping The Future

Click here to read the document.

Nuclear Decommissioning AuthorityIsle of Anglesey County CouncilGwynedd County CouncilWelsh GovernmentEuropean Social Fund