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Delivering Positive Change to Businesses Across South Wales


The GWLAD (Growing Workforces through Learning and Development) Project, launched in May 2016, is a project through which businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea can access practical, flexible and achievable staff development courses and programmes, with subsidies of up to 70% available to assist with the cost.

The Project has already engaged with over 60 individual businesses across the region, ranging from sole traders to large enterprises, delivering a range of modules such as Leadership, Project Management, Digital Marketing, Mindfulness, Sustainability and many more. Modules can be undertaken on their own or can build towards an overall qualification in Professional Practice, such as a Certificate in Higher Education or Postgraduate Diploma. Through the GWLAD Project learners can also claim University credits for prior learning and experience, which also makes it a great option for individuals who have lots of experience in their field of work and would like to utilise this to build towards a formal qualification.

All programmes are highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of the business and employee, and developed with a view to the learner developing or implementing a process or procedure that leads to a positive change in the workplace. In addition to the suite of modules offered through the Project, GWLAD can also collaborate with businesses to develop bespoke industry-specific programmes and pathways. Coastal Housing, Castell Howell, Tata Steel and Fieldbay Ltd are examples of organisations currently benefiting from GWLAD’s bespoke training programmes.  The leadership programmes have led to two awards for Fieldbay, from the CIPD and the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL).

“Working with GWLAD and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is reaping massive benefits for Fieldbay, as we are able to develop modules to meet our individual business needs and it has enabled us to implement Higher Education learning in the workplace”. Paula Lewis, Group Senior Nurse – Fieldbay Ltd

Employers have already reported the positive impact that they have seen since engaging with the Project – but you don’t have to take our word for it – check out our YouTube channel here to see testimonials from some of our learners and employers, and to hear from our experienced tutors about the courses on offer.

“We are delighted to work with the GWLAD Project at UWTSD and are already benefitting from the Leadership and Management programme. We have seen an improvement in the essential skills of participants on the GWLAD Project, resulting in measurable benefits to us. At Castell Howell we value our staff immensely and the Project offers them the opportunity to develop and learn new skills, accept responsibility and provide them with the confidence and ability to meet modern day challenges.” Mike Davies, HR Director – Castell Howell

Undertaking the programmes naturally requires the commitment of both the organisation and the individual. There are many forms of support available to our learners, including one to one tutorials with mentor tutors, resources to assist in developing study skills and guidance through the process of writing and undertaking assessments.

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. Alternatively, why not pop along to one of our free and informal ‘taster sessions’, where you can meet the team, chat to our knowledgeable tutors and get a taste of how our courses can develop your skills and organisational performance – click here to find out more.

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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.


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