CAVC and Welsh Water - supporting the future workforce of Wales

26 September 2016

CAVC and Welsh Water - supporting the future workforce of Wales

Welsh Water has launched its new Welsh Baccalaureate resource at Cardiff and Vale College. The not-for-profit company was joined by the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, and teachers and pupils to launch its new website, dedicated to helping young people develop their skills for the world of work.

The website, which has been developed in partnership by Welsh Water’s Education team and a teacher seconded from Cardiff and Vale College, focusses on helping young people develop a range of skills which businesses are looking for in young people, including  Communication, Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Planning and Organisation, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Personal Effectiveness. It also helps showcases Welsh Water’s campaigns, promotes career options available in the water industry and prepares the future workforce with the skills required in the workplace. 

The Welsh Baccalaureate is delivered by schools, colleges and training providers across Wales. It gives broader experiences than traditional learning programmes, to suit the diverse needs of young people. Through the Welsh Baccalaureate, Welsh students are becoming more confident, improving their essential and social skills and gaining a better understanding of a range of topics from enterprise to politics and current affairs.

The company has six challenges successfully approved by the WJEC which are available to schools and colleges across Wales.  The team also worked closely with the Education Achievement Service for South East Wales to produce a Teaching and Learning Pack to support teachers in the Key Stage 4 National/Foundation Global Citizenship Challenge.  

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM said:

“I’m delighted to see Welsh Water’s continued commitment to supporting education. The new Welsh Baccalaureate is a qualification that all learners in Wales will benefit from studying at both KS4 and at Post-16. It focuses on the development of the valuable and important life skills that will help learners to progress to higher education or to secure employment. Learners will develop skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, planning and organisation and personal effectiveness – all essential as they look to enter employment.”

Welsh Water’s Director of Human Resources, Linda Williams said:

“As one of Wales’ biggest companies, we play a key role in providing three million customers with the most essential public service providing drinking water, and treating wastewater before it’s returned to the environment. However, we’re also mindful of the responsibility we have towards future generations – today’s pupils are not only our customers of tomorrow, but they could also be one of our 3,000 colleagues in the future.

“The Welsh Baccalaureate is a rewarding programme as it benefits both young people in our communities and our business. Linking businesses and education equips young people with the confidence, transferable skills and knowledge required to build a robust talent pool of innovative individuals. “

Kay Martin, Deputy Principal at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “At Cardiff and Vale College we work with employers across Wales to ensure that we equip our students with the skills that meet the needs of employers and prepare them for the world of work. Once someone leaves education they need to be able to add instant value to any employer -  it is vital to the local and economy. This is an innovative model led by one of Wales’ leading businesses and supported by CAVC that will help young people across Wales studying on a variety of courses to develop the skills they need for the world of work.”