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Can Investing in Staff and Work-Based Learning Save you Money?


This article has been submitted by GWLAD

This is a question that many employers ask, especially when organisations are trying to succeed in an economy, when saving money is a key priority.

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. Up-skilling staff will also mean that you are creating a stronger and more prosperous economy for Wales.

The GWLAD (Growing Workforces through Learning and Development) Project at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has already engaged with over 70 individual businesses across the region, ranging from sole traders to large enterprises. This is due to its wealth of industry experienced tutors offering expertise in various areas of work-based learning, including Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching, Finance & Planning and Digital Marketing.

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.

But don’t take our word for it – here are some testimonials from some of our learners and employers:

“I am really enjoying the GWLAD project. As a new manager I am gaining tools, techniques and strategies that I didn’t have before, allowing me to be a more effective leader than I feel I would have been without this course” Alison Barrass, Fieldbay Ltd

“All tutors have been very welcoming and encouraging throughout the course. Nothing has been too much trouble. I now feel very confident to make informed decisions about the ever changing world. I know that this will impact positively on future events, projects and my community work within the town.” Jenny Fox, Carmarthen Town Community Council

“It has enabled me to shape my style to promote positive outcomes for my organisation, whilst supporting the development of a strong team.” Rosie Frewin, 3rd Sector

Organisations can now receive up-to 60% funding to partake in work-based learning through GWLAD. Significant savings can be made on staff and organisational development. GWLAD can help tailor programmes to suit whatever your business needs.

If you would like to find out how GWLAD can make a difference to your business, please contact a member of our friendly team on 01267 225167, drop us an email via [email protected], or take a look at our website or Facebook page.

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GWLAD is led by the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.