Why should organisations invest in staff and work-based learning?

This is a question that many employers ask, especially at a time when organisations are trying to succeed in an economy whereby saving money is a key priority. But, have you considered that investing in staff can actually save you money?

Work-based learning can keep your organisation at the forefront of competition with staff being well-equipped to tackle problems, communicate your vision, and be innovative. Upskilling staff will also mean that you are creating a stronger and more prosperous economy for Wales.

Work-based learning is an excellent way of investing in staff development, this method has proven successful for many years. The Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has expanded significantly since 2009 due to its wealth of industry experienced tutors offering expertise in areas including Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching, Project Management and Digital Marketing. The GWLAD project led by WIWBL and supported by European Social Fund through the Welsh Government now provides organisations across South West Wales with the opportunity to undertake these work-based learning programmes with up to 70% funding. Organisations can pay as little as £225, saving significant money on staff and organisational development.

Staff are likely to feel more valued, which increases staff retention, productivity and morale. Results from our previous work-based learning programmes include 82% reporting a positive impact on their business and 78% reporting a positive effect on staff morale.

Whether your staff have extensive experience, are new to a role or are seeking careers progression, GWLAD can help tailor programmes to suit business needs. Improve your staff skills, organisation performance and in turn, the Welsh economy by registering with GWLAD, a project that invests in you and your workforce. To register for a course call 01267 225167 or email gwlad@uwtsd.ac.uk.