Our role is to ensure the full involvement of Welsh employers in the sector at a UK level.

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Please note our Wales office is no longer based at One Caspian Point, Cardiff Waterside, Pierhead Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ. All enquiries should now come through to SkillsActive's head office.

We have an established executive committee in Wales, led by employers, with representation from national agencies, partner organisations and training providers. We also work in partnership with sector groups in playwork, fitness and the outdoors.

We represent the sector’s Welsh interests to the Welsh Government and its key agencies such as the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

We also work in partnership with other Welsh organisations that have an interest in education and training such as the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Careers Wales, Job Centre Plus and the Wales TUC.


Profile of the sector in Wales

  • Active leisure and learning contributed £400 million in output to the Welsh economy in 2004.
  • The sector employs 27,000 paid employees in over 2,100 organisations across Wales.
  • The sector comprises of micro organisations (74%) and SMEs, with less than 1% of employers employing over 250 employees.
  • Almost half of the paid workforce work part-time compared to nearly one quarter of the whole economy.
  • 59% of employees are female, higher than the Welsh average of 47%.
  • Less than 20% of the workforce is under 25, an increasingly competitive market for employees. 24% are aged 35-44 and 32% aged 45-59.
  • There are around 5.8 million volunteers operating across the UK. Sport is the largest single sector for volunteering accounting for around 28% of all volunteering carried out.
  • There are 70,000 coaches in Wales, 84% of these are volunteers with only 11,200 in paid employment.


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