An exciting future for higher education work-based learning

GWLAD is an innovative project with a passion for delivering work-based learning, underpinning work practice with knowledge and understanding to develop and apply skills more effectively in the workplace.

Since 2016, GWLAD has been responding to the needs of local organisations by creating and delivering higher education work-based learning programmes to nearly 50 organisations across South West Wales, varying from self-employed, small, medium and large in the third and private sector. Managed by Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning (WIWBL) through University of Wales Trinity Saint David, GWLAD is supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, offering up to 70% funding.


The collaboration and success of GWLAD is due to its industry experienced tutors and WIWBL has been successfully delivering work-based learning at higher education since 2009. GWLAD works across different industries and can tailor programmes to meet organisation needs. Here’s an overview of the success to date:

- Award Winning Leadership Programme:

A collaboration with care home Fieldbay Ltd led to achieving an award from South West Wales CIPD branch for Outstanding Achievement in Employment and Training Opportunities. This has been tailored to suit the needs of a local food wholesaler, Castell Howell who also collaborated with GWLAD to tailor the leadership programme.

- A First for Furniture Design

Coleg Ceredigion and GWLAD, both as part of the UWTSD group are delivering the first higher education work-based learning furniture design programme in Wales. Including modules such as ‘Digital Marketing’ and ‘Finance and Planning for Small Businesses’ aims to provide a course for individuals to support business success in West Wales.

- Making a difference in Social Housing Associations:

A programme for housing professionals was created due to a collaboration with Coastal Housing, a housing association in Swansea. Four modules have been created to develop skills and knowledge in areas such as ‘Leadership in the 3rd Sector’ ‘Developing Sustainable Tenancies and Communities’ ‘Fundamentals of Social Housing’ and ‘Work-based Learning Plan’

Why join GWLAD?

There are many reasons why organisations should register with GWLAD. These include; up to 70% funding for 2017 only; Work-based higher education qualification; no previous higher education qualification is required; 1 day delivery per month; Improving skills and organisational performance.

Want to find out more? Contact GWLAD for further information and take advantage of this great opportunity. Speak to one of the tutors about tailoring programmes to meet your needs or for further information. 01267 225167.