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26 March 2014

Cardiff and Vale College celebrates Essential Skills in the Workplace

Employees from a wide range of organisations who are improving their skills at work with the help of Cardiff and Vale College have been celebrated at a special event.

CAVC offers Essential Skills in the Workplace, a free training scheme that addresses training in areas that can improve employability such as literacy, numeracy, language and computer skills. Experts from the College will go to the place of work and provide tailored training to address an employer and workforce’s needs.

The initiative, supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund, offers employers the chance to enhance skills and excellence among their workforce and helps hundreds of learners progress in their careers, boost their confidence and skills.

Employees from 21 organisations, both public and private sector, were celebrated at the ceremony – many of whom were visiting the College for the first time. The employers who have worked with CAVC on Essential Skills in the Workplace range from Royal Mail and Cardiff Council through to Castle Bingo, John Marshall Butchers, the Star of Wales Restaurant and easyGym.

Another organisation that the College works with on essential skills for its staff is the Communication Workers’ Union. CWU Project Worker Kim Johnson said: “Working with Cardiff and Vale College is great as in the workplace people need to be flexible and the College has a good understanding of that. They are very flexible with their provision and make sure that it takes place at a time that is convenient for the learners.”

Robert Morgan has worked at Arriva Trains Wales / At Seat Catering for 13 years. He said: “I found the course through my work and it’s been great. I’ve passed two levels of English and I’m on maths now. It has helped me a lot – it’s given me confidence, helped my spelling and I’ve learned how to use a computer properly.”

Liz Maddocks, worked at Cardiff Council’s Dorothy Lewis care home until it closed. She said: “I was at Dorothy Lewis but now I’m a Benefits trainee at the Council’s Hub. We were all redeployed when Dorothy Lewis closed and the experience with improving our skills has been really good. Everyone has been very patient and took time to make sure we understood it all. I learned Computers and English – Microsoft Word and English Level 2. It’s been very useful. Through work we found out we were going into redeployment and that we needed to brush up on our skills. I really enjoyed it.”

Mary Mort works for Castle Bingo and said of her Essential Skills in the Workplace training: “I left school with no qualifications at all. The support, camaraderie and friendliness made it a lot easier than I thought it would be. I didn’t know what to expect and when they came in a helped me it was great. I would recommend boosting your skills to anyone – it may sound like a cliché, but if I can do it anyone can!”

CAVC Vice Principal Kay Martin said: “Our inaugural achievement awards celebrates success in work place learning. This is a result of a fantastic learning opportunity supported by the Welsh Government that offers employers the chance to enhance excellence within their workforce.

“Over the past few years, our work place learning team has worked hard in helping hundreds of learners progress in their careers, through boosting their confidence and levels in essential skills. This in return builds a stronger, more loyal and prosperous workforce.

“Education has no boundaries with age, sex, beliefs or abilities. It is important to remind ourselves that learning is for life, and not for a set period of time. Each individual should feel proud of their achievements being showcased here today, and that they are in fact a part of a bigger picture, a part of a college that strives to be: inspirational, inclusive and influential.”