Launch of Wales Institute for Work-based Learning

Wales Institute for Work-based Learning Launch

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM officially launches the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Institute for Work-based Learning.

On Thursday, May 8th, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM will officially launch the Wales Institute of Work-based Learning at the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

The Wales Institute for Work-based Learning has developed from the multi-award winning activity of the Work-based Learning team at UWTSD. As the first Higher Education Institution in Wales to develop and deliver an integrated bilingual continuing professional development framework programme, the University is able to offer programmes that incorporate accreditation of employers’ staff development programmes; accreditation of prior experiential learning; and delivery of a range of modules leading to an academic higher level qualification in Professional Practice.

Learners are able to gain qualifications ranging from undergraduate level through to a Professional Doctorate (DProf).

“The University is delighted that the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM, will launch the new Wales Institute for Work-based Learning,” says Head of the Institute, Dr Liz Wilson.

“We look forward to celebrating the many successes of our learners and employers, as well as showcasing the innovative partnerships we have forged, working with employers in the private, public and third sectors.  We are delighted that successful students and employers from organisations such as Torfaen County Borough Council, Tata Steel, the Fieldbay Group of Care Homes and Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services will also be able to join us on the day,” Dr Liz Wilson expressed.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates said:

“In January, I launched our new Policy Statement on Skills which sets out a 10 year plan to create a more highly skilled Wales. As part of this, we are calling on employers to invest in the skills of their workforce to develop their businesses and help their employees access the learning opportunities they need to succeed in the workplace.

“I am delighted that the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning will be right at the centre of this drive to up-skill the Welsh workforce. This is a highly innovative and progressive organisation with well-established links to employers in all of our different sectors. These are exactly the kind of partnerships we need to see if we are to make qualifications relevant to the needs of both employers and employees.”

The launch will also highlight the Institute’s innovative work of the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), whereby experienced professionals can gain credits for up to two-thirds of an award using examples of projects they have worked on in their day-to-day jobs.

The impact of the team’s collaborations with partner organisations and how they have added value to continuing professional development programmes will also be celebrated.  These include working together with Porth Agored, a group of 12 Local Authority Social Services departments to accredit their work-based learning programme for over 150 newly qualified social workers; working with Academi Wales to accredit their development for senior clinical leaders across Wales; and the award winning Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Public Services designed with Torfaen County Borough Council for their Local Service Board.

The Elevate Cymru and Safe Workforce: Sustainable Workplace projects  part of the Work-based Learning Programme, funded by the Convergence European Social Fund and delivered by the Institute – have also provided development opportunities to eligible organisations and employees.

With the merger of Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion into the UWTSD Group a unique and innovative dual sector structure has been created with work-based learning opportunities being supported for all levels of employees within client organisations.

Staff from these organisations – alongside staff from the Wales Institute of Work-based Learning - will be present at the launch event in order to advise on all aspects of work-based learning including apprenticeships and other funded provision.

The launch of the Wales Institute of Work-based Learning will therefore provide a unique opportunity to celebrate work-based learning of all levels and offer the opportunity  for both employees and employers to discover more about learning with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

For further information on the Wales Institute of Work-based Learning, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/wiwbl