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Welsh Charity Promotes Professional Skills Development and Employability


This article has been submitted by My Development Zone

Welsh charity, The Wallich, is pioneering an innovative approach to professional skills development to help build the employability prospects for those who are experiencing homelessness.

The charity has integrated the e-Learning platform, My Development Zone, into the range of services it offers, allowing vulnerable people to access more than 300 online courses to build their professional skills and knowledge of a wide variety of subjects.

The My Development Zone e-Learning platform, which has been developed by the Welsh-based business technology firm, RWA, has more than 11,000 users throughout the UK and is used within numerous business sectors including financial services, manufacturing, insurance and international trade.

Tom Hall, HR manager at The Wallich, said:

“We’re pleased to introduce My Development Zone for our Working in Sustainable Employment (WISE) project. It’s an excellent training resource. The e-Learning platform will be accessible to WISE participants, many of whom have experienced homelessness, who are ready to take on new challenges.

“It’s a welcome addition to the resources we offer to help boost the confidence, skills and, ultimately, employability of our service-users. We’re excited to see the enhanced personal and professional development of those who will take advantage of the fantastic range of courses on offer.”

Liz Watkins, Working in Sustainable Employment (WISE) mentor at The Wallich, added:

“The Wallich has trialled My Development Zone with service-users with great success. The e-Learning portal will be used by up to 20 people, every six months, as part of our WISE project.

“WISE offers employability-related courses which complements on-the-job practical experience gained through volunteering and project placement. WISE participants’ access to these new courses will help expand knowledge and refresh existing skills. It will also help build their confidence by comparing course results with employees in their chosen industry.”

My Development Zone has a wide range of professional and ‘soft skill’ courses which are widely applicable to modern businesses, including basic finance, cyber risks, communication, sales, health and safety, and customer service.

Stu Rolls, head of e-Learning for My Development Zone, went on to say:

“We are proud to support this ground-breaking initiative and charity. As a Welsh business, to be able to work with a Welsh charity to implement this innovative solution has been hugely rewarding. I know that Nicola Mathias, who headed up the project for RWA, and the development team at our head office in Blaenavon, found the process of working with The Wallich truly inspirational, and all involved will continue to drive the project to help make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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