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ACAS

Acas Wales work with employers and employees to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. You can make an appointment to come in and see us, or arrange for an adviser to visit or discuss issues over the phone and give advice and guidance.

Click here to see the ACAS Code of Practice.

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for RNID. They’re working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced and where people value and look after their hearing.

Adult Community Learning (ACL)

Adult community learning (ACL) can be defined as flexible learning opportunities for adults, delivered in community venues to meet local needs.

Agored Cymru

Agored Cymru is the Welsh awarding body of choice for education and training providers in Wales.

As a registered charity and social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring that learners of all ages and abilities maximise their potential.

Anchor Companies

An anchor company is considered as: “a company which is a global or international organisation and/or have Welsh head quarters or significant corporate presence in Wales”

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

There are three types of Apprenticeships:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship
  • Higher Apprenticeship

For  individuals

Anyone who is over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education can apply. An apprenticeship will give you essential job-specific skills, knowledge and professional qualifications. You will work towards a work-based qualification which will be at least Level 2 from the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), click here to see the qualification  wheel

For Employers

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to develop employees with the skills and experience they need.

Click here to see an employers’ apprenticeships promotional video.

Books from Wales online

Books from Wales on-line: The most comprehensive stock of books from Wales.

  • Simple online ordering service
  • Next working day delivery
  • Efficient worldwide delivery service
  • Ability to select favourite bookshop to receive commission on your orders
  • Unrivalled help and advice
  • Over 6600 Reviews
  • Best-seller lists
  • Your key to the books of Wales

Careers Wales

Gyrfa Cymru Careers Wales provide the all age, independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance service for Wales. They deliver a remit set by the Minister for Education and Skills and support the Welsh Government’s strategic objectives as identified in the Programme for Government. The overall focus for our service is to help people make effective decisions and become independent in managing their careers.  

Climbing Frame

The Climbing Frame is a website and online tool created exclusively for ULRs.  It has been developed by our colleagues inunionlearn to help support learners and promote learning in the workplace.

CollegesWales

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is the national organisation representing all further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Created in 1993 as an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee, it was known as “fforwm” until its renaming in 2009.

The further education (FE) sector in Wales

There are 14* further education (FE) colleges / institutions in Wales. They vary considerably in size, number and type of students and the range of programmes and services offered. The majority offer both academic and vocational programmes. Some have developed specialisms in particular vocational sectors, such as land-based, marine engineering, food technology. Some have steered a strong direction towards engaging particular sections of the population, for example, adults returning to learning, international students, or training for businesses.

*WEA Cymru and YMCA Community College recently merged, see below.

Bridgend College

Cardiff and Vale College  (WTUC Quality Award Holder ESW)

Coleg Cambria

Coleg Ceredigion

Coleg y Cymoedd

Coleg Gwent (WTUC Quality Award Holder TU ED)

Coleg Sir Gâr

Gower College Swansea

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Grwp NPTC Group

Pembrokeshire College

The College Merthyr Tydfil
 

Independent providers that are members of the National Training Federation Wales (NTFW) can be found on their website.https://www.ntfw.org/members/

Workers Education Association (WEA) Cymru   (Quality Award Holder)

WEA Cymru recently merged with YMCA Community College, and is now known as WEA YMCA CC Cymru.  They provide community education, including community development and on-line learning in communities and workplace education. It delivers its work through a local branch structure and partnership working with community and voluntary organisations, representative organisations in the workplace, and other providers, including the voluntary & youth sectors, local authorities, further education colleges, and universities. WEA Cymru focuses particularly on offering a wide provision of opportunity regardless of age, engaging with all communities, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, to meet their needs by negotiation.  Click here to see their latest news

Chwarae Teg

As a charity, since 1992 Chwarae Teg have been working to help ensure that women in Wales can enter the workplace, develop their skills and build rewarding careers. They work closely with the government, academics and industry to influence the development of policies.  They have a current European and Welsh Government Funded ESF project running, Agile Nation 2.  See below for details.

Chwarae Teg will be working with women and businesses across the whole of Wales in the 9 Priority Sectors to promote gender equality, career advancement and improve the position of women in the workforce.

CQFW

The Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales (CQFW) enables recognition and comparison of achievements from all types of education and training activity.

Digital Communities Wales

Digital Communities Wales is a Welsh Government project which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Digital Champions

The Unison WULF project Digi Skills has a great description of what a Digital Champion is: Digital Champions are people who have pretty good digital skills themselves and are passionate about helping their friends, colleagues and neighbours to get online safely and securely and make the most of the benefits of the internet.

Digital Champions Network

The Digital Champions Network (DCN) is a supported online solution to create, train and support Digital Champions in your community.

Digital Unite

Digital Unite is committed to, and passionate about, supporting people to have good digital skills – and to enjoy them and exploit them. 

Essential Skills in the workplace

The Essential Skills in the Workplace (ESIW) project ended in March 2015. The project provided funding for companies in Wales to identify and address skills issues in the workplace. Although ESIW has ended we anticipate that Welsh Government will announce details of a successor programme soon.  Please see the wtuclearn ESIW web page for project worker contact details.

Evaluation of essential skills in the workplace can be downloaded here.

Useful free websites to help improve your essential skills:

ICT Level 2: http://keyskills-stage.excellencegateway.org.uk/KsspTrainer/new-ict-l2.html

Numeracy:  http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/

                    https://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/home/index.html

Digital Literacy: alison.com

Online refresher courses at all levels and covering a lot of themes. These taster courses were originally at Move On:

Enterprise Zones in Wales

The Welsh Government is committed to making Wales the natural choice for business. That's why we have designated seven Enterprise Zones across Wales.

The Zones are geographical areas that support business infrastructure and compelling incentives.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

Estyn Remit, Skills for older learners

The impact of adult community learning on the wellbeing of older learners.

Flexible Skills Programme                                  

The Welsh Government’s new Flexible Skills Programme will receive £2.4 million to support the skills and employment needs of companies that play a strategic role in the economy.

Funding Guide for Adult Learners 2015-16

The guide outlines the various sources of funding that are available to help support learning.

GCSE.com

Useful site for revision or tips

Get Online at Home

Who is behind Get Online @ Home?

Get Online @ Home is an initiative run by a number of Microsoft refurbishers and backed by Microsoft to provide low cost refurbished desktop and laptop computers to support the Go ON UK digital inclusion programme

Microsoft partners provide the low cost refurbished desktop and laptop computers that are at the heart of this offering and all orders shall be placed with, and all queries in relation to a particular order shall in each case be made to, the relevant Microsoft partner.

Simplifydigital aim to give you a wide choice of internet service suppliers to choose from for your connection to the Internet.

GO Wales

Important information about GO Wales

As planned, the current GO Wales project finished at the end of 2014. We hope to make applications for European Structural Funding for a new phase of GO Wales in 2015. We will make more information available when we are able to.

HWB

Hwb hosts a national collection of digital resources to support learning and teaching for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Content Repository. Hwb is provided under contract by CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd.

The National Digital Content Repository will be accessed through multiple channels and will include:

resources created or commissioned by the Welsh Government and/or its agents

resources licensed or bought by the Welsh Government

resources made available by ‘trusted sources’

Investors in People (IiP)

Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. Our internationally recognised standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

Investors in People (IiP) Wales

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is the official delivery partner for Investors in People in Wales. At Investors in People, we believe that organisations succeed by realising the potential of their people. Our extensive network of highly experienced practitioners helps organisations to achieve Investors in People accreditation.

JISC Wales

JISC Wales offer tailored services to meet the needs of colleges, universities and skills providers in Wales. To find out how we can help you please get in touch by emailing customerservices@jisc.ac.uk

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office that can be found in most cities, whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK. It was formed when the Employment Service merged with the Benefits Agency and was renamed Jobcentre Plus in 2002. It is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Jobs Growth Wales

Jobs Growth Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund. £25 million of European funding has been agreed to support the continuation of Jobs Growth Wales.

Leadership and Management Wales

Leadership & Management Wales (LMW) was formed in 2008 by Welsh Government as the Centre for Excellence for leadership and management skills. Our role is to support private, public and third sector organisations in developing ‘world-class’ leadership skills, enabling them to increase business efficiency.

Click here for their YouTube site

Learndirect Cymru

Learndirect Wales/Cymru is the largest e-learning provider in Wales offering maths, english, IT, employabiltiy and business courses.

Learn My Way

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

Learning and Work Institute

A new independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We bring together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’.

Adult Learners' Week (25 June - 1 July 2016) is an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities. Now in over 55 countries worldwide, its intention in Wales is to signpost the huge variety of courses available to the adult learner, and to prompt adults across the country into returning to learning. Each year, over 20,000 adults in Wales participate in Adult Learners’ Week activities. This is achieved by working with a host of private and public organisations on the promotion of free taster events, local outreach activities and short courses.

'Skills Work Week' is a new campaign which builds on the success of Learning at Work Day. Skills Work Week will encourage all workplaces across Wales to run branded events linked to a national campaign to promote the value of investing the development of skills in the workplace.

Learning and Skills Observatory Wales (LSO)

The Learning and Skills Observatory (LSO) encourages the development and exchange of evidence-based policy and improved decision-making by providing information, data and intelligence on Wales' labour market including education, learning and skills sectors.

Look Out for Learning

Blog by teachers to share and celebrate the great things they do.

Mental Health Links:

The Wales TUC has been working in partnership with Gofal to produce a Trade Union Equality Representative briefing. This useful workplace guide is available to download in English and Welsh from the Equalities page of the Wales TUC website.Links to Gofal and other organisations that have supported us with workshops and information on Mental Health are below:

Gofal are a leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity. They provide a wide range of services to people with mental health problems, supporting their independence, recovery, health and wellbeing. They also lobby to improve mental health policy, practice and legislation, as well as campaigning to increase public understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

Download Wales TUC and Gofal's booklet 'Workers' Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing' in Welsh or  English

Hafal are Wales’ leading charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Covering all areas of Wales, Hafal is an organisation managed by the people they support: individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid (Wales) gives everyone the skills to provide early help that is vital in recovery from mental illness. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome.

Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Murco Transform Skills Programme

The Murco Transform Skills Programme offers a package of specialist skills advice and funding to businesses in Pembrokeshire to help diversify and develop the skills base of the workforce.

National numeracy challenge

The National Numeracy Challenge helps adults learn the maths needed for everyday life.

National numeracy website

National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. 

NSAN (The National Skills Academy Nuclear)

The National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) is an employer led membership organisation established to ensure that the UK Nuclear Industry and its Supply Chain has the skilled, competent and safe workforce it needs to deal with the current and future UK nuclear programme, including all sub sectors: Defence, Decommissioning, Operations, Uranium Supply, Enrichment & Manufacture, Waste Management & Disposal and Nuclear New Build.

Looking to develop the skills, competency and capability of your employees?

There are a variety of funding opportunities open to members of the Skills Academy.  Funding is available via programmes such as Give2Gain, Nuclear Industrial Partnership and SCAN etc.  For more information, contact your Regional/Business Development Manager or contact us on enquiries@nsan.co.uk

Click here to see funding now available

National Training Federation Wales

NTfW is a membership organisation of over 100 organisations involved in the delivery of learning in the workplace. It is a Wales wide representative body for all those organisations or individuals involved in the training industry. Members range from small specialist training providers to national and international organisations, as well as Local Authorities, Further Education Institutions and Charities.

Open University in Wales (WTUC Quality Award Holder)

The Open University in Wales is the leading provider of part-time undergraduate higher education and supported distance learning across Wales.

Click here to view information on OU and Trade Union partnerships

Open University Access courses

The Open University is the UK’s largest university with almost 200,000 students. They lead the way in using innovation to create high quality flexible learning, 

OpenLearn Champions

OpenLearn Champions bring The Open University’s free Open Educational Resources to communities right across Wales.  Since its launch in 2012, the OpenLearn Champions project has equipped a network of people – from librarians to Communities First staff to union learning reps – with the knowledge and skills to use the OU’s free learning resources to help learners in their communities. Champions use resources such as ‘OpenLearn’ and ‘OpenLearn Cymru’ with learners and for their own professional development.

Open University FutureLearn

FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Priority Sectors

Welsh Government is supporting industry-led investment in 9 key sectors.

Each sector has their own panel who are made up of private sector business people, who advise on opportunities within the key sectors.

The role of each panel is to provide advice to Ministers on the opportunities and needs of the different sectors. They use their private sector success and experience to help us identify the best opportunities for business growth.

We want to see Welsh businesses, large and small in each key sector grow and create the jobs needed for the future development of our economy.

A series of sector panel debates made in conjunction with Insider Business TV are available to watch on www.insiderbusiness.tv (external link).  Each video focuses on a specific sector and features a panel of private and public sector experts.

React III

ReAct helps people affected by redundancy gain new skills and encourages recruiting employers to employ a redundant worker.

ReAct for individuals

The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.

You can receive a training award of up to £1,500 to help you get the skills you need to land a job. You can train while you are job hunting or you can go on courses to get the skills you need even if you plan to become self employed eventually.

ReAct for employers

Employers can get two packages, they can choose whether to apply for Recruitment Support alone or Recruitment and Training Support. Employer Training Support can only be used in conjunction with Employer Recruitment Support.

  • Employer Recruitment Support funds employers who recruit individuals made redundant in the past 3 months. The award offers up to £3,000 paid in four instalments as a contribution towards wage costs
  • Employer Training Support is a separate discretionary fund of up to £1,000 that an employer can put towards the cost of the new recruit’s job-related training.

Click here for the guidance notes.

Reading Wales

A wonderful haven of resources and information to encourage a love of reading.

Quick Reads are short, sharp shots of entertainment – brilliantly written short books for people who want a fun, fast read, have lost the reading habit or find reading tough.

World Book Day Wales is coordinated by the Welsh Books Council and supported by the Welsh Government.

Regional Skills Partnerships

Welsh Government introduced three regional skills partnerships; The North Wales Economic Ambition Board, South East Wales Learning, Skills & Innovation Partnership and South West & Central Wales Regional Learning Partnership.

Each of the three partnerships are made of representatives from employers, local authorities, providers and other key stakeholders.

The partnerships have four roles:

  • To analyse local labour markets and recognise the workforce’s skill needs;
  • To advise the Welsh Government on funding for training needs;
  • To engage with local employers and work strategically  to recognise skill needs; and
  • To maximise the effectiveness of future available funding for vocational training.

The Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSkIP) for South East Wales was formally established following a stakeholder event on 24 September 2014 and is one of three regional skills partnerships across Wales formally recognised by the Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills, Julie James AM on 10 October 2014.

The Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) South West and Central Wales is a transformational partnership bringing Education and Regeneration partners together to help provide a better future for learners and potential learners across the south west and central Wales region.

The North Wales Economic Observatory supports the work of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and provides the partners and others with easy access to a range of economic and other contextual data.

Sector Skills Councils

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer led UK wide organisations.

They aim to develop high quality skills standards with employers which support productivity and profitability, growth and enhance competitiveness in UK and overseas markets.

Shelter Cymru’s Work it Out Project

Work it Out! promotes housing and debt advice information to people who are in employment and who would not normally seek assistance through traditional advice routes, thus preventing homelessness and raising understanding of the issues.

Six Book Challenge now known as Reading Ahead

Run through public libraries, adult learning organisations, colleges and workplaces, Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn't just about books - it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The new name reflects this to help those for whom books might be a barrier to joining in.

Skills Gateway

The Skills Gateway will offer an inclusive service for both adults who need careers information support and advice on how to improve their skills and employability or get back into work and businesses looking to up skill their workforce.

  • The Skills Gateway for Adults managed and delivered by Careers Wales, will complement the existing all-age, bilingual, all-Wales careers information advice and guidance services already offered by the organisation.
  • The new Skills Gateway for Business will improve the way employers access the skills help they need through a new website and telephone helpline service delivered by Business Wales.

Skills Growth Wales Evaluation

The study presents findings on the effectiveness and impact of the project.

It also covers programme reach and processes, training and additionality presents recommendations for taking the programme forward.

Skills Priorities Programme

The Sector Priorities Programme funded a pilot (SPFP) Programme.  It aimed to pilot strategic project activity with Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in order to inform recommendations which will ensure that the delivery of post-16 skills provision is more responsive and aligned to the needs of employers. The evaluation of the pilot is available.

SMART Programmes

£115 million to boost innovation, create exciting new Welsh products and high-quality jobs

StatsWales

Statistics on education, training and skills from pre-school to school, through to Further and Higher Education and Adult and Community learning.

Time Banking Wales

Time Banking Wales is dedicated to practicing and researching new applications of time banking in communities. It aims to learn from empirical applications of time currencies to develop working methodologies that improve practice and make the benefits available to a wide range of people. It functions as a 'think and do tank' in the community sector to:

a) Design, test and support public and third sector organisations to develop time banking as a tool for active community engagement.

b) Research their effectiveness. Incorporate lessons into modified design to ensure improved practice and achievement of outcome.

c) Disseminate best practice to practitioners, funders and policy makers.

Traineeships

Traineeships are a new learning programme for young people aged between 16 to 18 years old in Wales.

Careers Wales staff play a major role in referring young people to Traineeships. To find out more go to Careers Wales

TUC Affiliated Unions

TUC membership now stands at 52 unions, representing almost six million workers.

The following TUC member organisations are listed alphabetically by acronym. To see the most recent membership figures please refer to the latest TUC Directory, published in January 2015, which is available to download as a free interactive PDF. Previous years' membership figures are available from http://data.gov.uk/dataset/trade_union_membership

TUC Publications

Available TUC publications from the TUC shop.

TUC workSMART

Our aim is to help everyone at work - whether or not they are union members - get a good deal from their working life. We are here not just when things go wrong, but also to help you get on, keep well, plan for when you retire, and sort out your career.

workSMART plans to be a one-stop shop for everything to do with your working life. We will be adding content, channels and features to make workSMART a vital part of work today.

Union Learning Representatives

A union learning representative (ULR) is a member of an independent trade union, recognised by their employer, and elected by their union in the workplace.

ULRs have been instrumental in championing the importance of training and development. ULRs work very hard to boost the image and strengthen the organisation of their union within the workplace. They can help widen union membership across the board and in underrepresented groups such as migrant workers.

Unionlearn

Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the TUC in England.  Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members as well as managing the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

Unionlearn Guides

If you are a ULR or other union rep and are involved in supporting union learners in the workplace then these guides will be a useful additional resource. Please remember, however, that some information may not be relevant in Wales

Unionlearn Negotiating Learning Agreements

Delivering better learning agreements - A guide for union reps and officers.

Unionlearn Older Workers Material

Valuing the skills of older workers – How to do a mid-life development review

Unionlearn Research published 2015

Research paper 21: Skills and training: the union advantage

Unionlearn Research Tackling Disadvantage

The unionlearn effect in opening up learning and skills (England specific)

Value My Skills Cards

A new interactive card game to help you and your colleagues identify your transferable skills.  If you are interested in a new job, a course, a promotion or some voluntary work, use these cards to help you and your colleagues to think about the skills you’ve already developed. You can use the cards to start a discussion, plan for the future or provide the right words to describe your skills in a CV, application form or covering letter. The cards can be used by individuals or in a group, where everyone helps each other to think about their skills. 

Wales Co-operative Centre

The Wales Co-operative Centre works across Wales to support co-operatives and social businesses. We also tackle poverty and promote social, financial and digital inclusion through a range of projects.

Wales TUC Cymru

The Wales TUC is the voice of Wales at work. With almost 50 affiliated trade unions, the Wales TUC represents nearly half a million workers. We campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

The Wales TUC Education Services offers high quality, accredited training for:

  • union reps
  • health and safety reps
  • union learning reps
  • equality reps
  • green reps

Training is available at venues across Wales, including Newport, Cardiff, Maesteg, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Wrexham.

You can browse details of available courses at http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/our-courses  or you can download the current course booklet.

Trade Union Equality Representatives: Organisations are at their most productive and effective when their employees feel valued and respected and are treated equally and fairly.  Wales TUC has begun the groundbreaking process of introducing a Network of Trade Union Equality Representatives (TUERs) to help organisations in achieving this aim.  Through this role, we are looking to ensure that organisations meet their statutory equality obligations and work towards creating the fairest and most diverse public sector workforce in the UK.

Wales TUC Equality Network

If you are an Equality Rep you can sign up to the Wales TUC Equality network here.

Wales TUC Learning Services was established in 1999 to support trades unions to bring learning opportunities to workplaces which have union recognition. Funded by Welsh Government, we are a bespoke team, strategically placed to develop union-led learning initiatives in workplaces in Wales.

Union-led learning is a critical tool in developing the skills to create a flourishing, vibrant Welsh economy with well-paid, rewarding and sustainable jobs.

Networks Of Excellence

A ULR learning Network - Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) support, offer help, exchange information and share best practice amongst themselves, education providers, learning campaigners and other learning agencies for the benefit of members in the workplace.

If you are a ULR, union rep or union member interested in learning and you would like to be added to the list and/or send in a contribution to the newsletter (Net News) then please contact: ebost/e-mail: wtuclearn@tuc.org.uk

You can sign up to Net News here.

Quality Award

The Wales TUC Quality Award is given for courses and programmes that meet our good practice criteria and that help signpost union learning reps (ULRs) and learners to providers that are working successfully and flexibly with unions. The Award also celebrates the commitment and diligence of ULRs across the country who promote training and learning in the workplace on behalf of union members.

            Evaluation of the Wales TUC Learning and Education Services 

Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF)

WULF is a remarkable scheme designed to drive learning initiatives in unionised workplaces where employers recognise the benefits of working in partnership with unions to up-skill their workforce. 

The Minister for Education and Skills and Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology have agreed to continue the Fund until the end of March 2018.

Wales Employment and Skills Board (WESB)

WESB serves as an effective forum for employers to provide strategic input and robust challenge to shape future employment and skills policy.

WEFO

The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) is part of the Welsh Government and manages the delivery of the EU Structural Funds Programmes in Wales.

Welsh Book Council

The Welsh Books Council is a national body, funded by the Welsh Government, which provides a focus for the publishing industry in Wales. It provides a number of specialist services (in the fields of editing, design, marketing and distribution) with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English. It also distributes grants to publishers. The Books Council actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales.

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.

We are working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work.

The Welsh Government consists of:

  • The First Minister
  • Welsh Ministers
  • The Counsel General
  • Deputy Ministers.

Welsh Government Digital Inclusion

Click here to read the Digital Inclusion Delivery Plan – Update 2014:  The strategic approach to digital Inclusion

Click here to view the Digital Inclusion Wales website. http://www.digitalinclusionwales.org.uk/

Their work on digital inclusion is rooted in social justice and equalities, and is strongly linked to the Tackling Poverty and economic priorities of the Welsh Government. They support the people most likely to be digitally excluded. Evidence suggests that these are more likely to be older people; those who live in social housing; those who are unemployed; and disabled people. They focus on these groups so that they can improve their quality of life and life chances by enjoying the benefits the internet can offer.

Welsh Government Framework for Co-investment in Skills

Welsh Government aim to maximise the resources available to support the delivery of skills and to ensure they develop a competitive edge as a nation in creating a productive and skilled workforce.

The framework identifies the government-led investments which will continue to provide support for employers to take the lead in the skills needed of their workforce. Download the most recent Welsh Government skills co-investment document here.

Welsh Government Policy Statement on Skills

The Policy Statement is focused on employment and skills and covers four priority areas:

  • skills for jobs and growth
  • skills that respond to local needs
  • skills that employers value
  • skills for employment.

The objective of the statement is to create the right conditions for employers across Wales to thrive and prosper.

Click here to download the policy.

Welsh Government Skills Implementation Plan

The Skills Implementation Plan sets out key policy actions that will take place up until 2016 to provide the basis for employment and skills policy over the next decade. Click here to download a copy.

Welsh Language Strategy

Welsh Language Strategy 2012-17, a living language: a language for living.  Click here to download the publication.

Welsh Libraries

This is your one stop portal for Welsh Libraries – you can find out what’s happening in libraries, search for books, join online, locate your nearest library, ask tricky questions, read book reviews, meet the Bibli family and lots more.

WJEC

WJEC is an examination board, providing qualifications and exam assessment to schools and colleges in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and independent regions. With over 65 years’ experience in delivering qualifications, WJEC is the largest provider in Wales and a leading provider in England and Northern Ireland. The organisation employs over 360 people and continues to grow.

Work Ready

If you are 18 or over and are unemployed and receiving benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions, then Work Ready is a great opportunity to get you into work or onto further learning

Workplace Welsh

Welsh For Adults

There are six dedicated Welsh for Adults Centres across Wales who can give you advice.

Careers Wales have an information page about learning Welsh, click here if you’d like to read more, click here to search for Welsh courses in Wales.

The Business Wales Skills Gateway has an information page about the current Workplace Welsh Programme.  Click here to find out more.

The Workplace Welsh website, developed by the Welsh Government, part funded by ESF with support from the WJEC, provides you with the tools you need to answer some key questions:

  • where do you need your bilingual people 
  • how good does their Welsh need to be
  • how do their current listening, speaking, reading and writing skills measure up.

‘Your Money, Your Home’ (YMYH)

Your Money, Your Home’ (YMYH) aims to help tackle financial exclusion of Private Rented Sector (PRS) tenants in Wales, and to prepare people for the introduction of Universal Credit. It builds on the work of the Centre’s Tackling Homelessness through Financial Inclusion Project, which concluded in 2014. YMYH is initially focussed on the counties of Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Newport, however, where time and resources allow, support to other local authorities will be available. It helps PRS tenants at risk of homelessness due to money problems to:

  • Take control of their finances to retain their home or secure more suitable accommodation
  • Access appropriate financial services enabling them to manage their money and their lives better
  • Understand that credit unions are a key tool to manage their money better and have access to sign up to their local credit union
  • Access Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit for support.

 

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