Concise Minutes - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 4 - Tŷ Hywel

Meeting date: Thursday, 2 February 2017

Meeting time: 09.00 - 15.10
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Assembly Members:

Russell George AM (Chair)

Hannah Blythyn AM

Hefin David AM

Vikki Howells AM

Mark Isherwood AM

Jeremy Miles AM

David J Rowlands AM


Gavin Jones, Airbus UK

Joanne Foster, GE Aviation

Craig Heaney, Centrica

Anne Middleton, Attradius

Jeff Protheroe, National Training Federation Wales

Sarah John, National Training Federation for Wales

Dr Rachel Bowen, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Claire Roberts, Colleges Wales

Natasha Davies, Chwarae Teg

Dr Alison Parken, Cardiff University

Helen Walbey, FSB

Committee Staff:

Gareth Price (Clerk)

Robert Lloyd-Williams (Deputy Clerk)

Anne Thomas (Researcher)




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1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1  Apologies were received from Adam Price AM

There were no substitutions or declarations




2       Business panel - The apprenticeship levy in Wales

2.1 Gavin Jones, Joanne Foster, Craige Heaney and Anne Middleton answered questions from Committee Members

2.2 Joanne Foster was asked to provide written evidence on the Apprenticeship Levy to assist with the evidence we were already gathering




3       Training providers - The apprenticeship levy in Wales

3.1 Jeff Protheroe, Sarah John, Dr Rachel Bowen and Claire Roberts answered questions from Committee Members




4       Paper(s) to note



4.1   Additional information from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure on Visit Wales arising from the meeting on 3 November

4.1 This paper was noted by the committee




5       Women in the economy - Alternative perspectives on the Economic Strategy for Wales


5.1     Natasha Davies, Dr Alison Parken and Helen Walbey answered questions from Committee Members


5.2 Helen Walbey was asked to submit details in relation to Small Business Administration in America, in particular what the best elements are in relation to women’s centres