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Wales TUC Cymru Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Network of Excellence No.10

August 2013 Awst

Net News Paul O’Gradys Working Britain This is being broadcast on BBC TV on Thursday 15 August at 9pm. Thanks to Kevin Pascoe from the OU in Wales who told the Network about this programme at the June Network meetings. The working class worked. It's right there on the tin. From the dark days of the industrial revolution to the hairnets and rubber gloves of the factory line, it was the workers that made Britain great. But what happened to those teeming communities of hardworking men and women, proud of who they were and what they did? Does anyone even call themselves working class anymore? Fiercely proud of his own working class identity, Paul O’Grady is on a mission to find out what has happened to his tribe. Along the way Paul meets the brilliant, funny and warm-hearted people of Britain who are keeping the culture and pride of the working class alive. He also tries his hand at some honest graft, to find out if any of that fierce sense of community and pride has survived the huge changes the working class has faced. Want to learn more? Go to the open learn website: OpenLearn - Packed full of free content for you to explore and get a taste for our way of learning

National Eisteddfod this weekend The annual National Eisteddfod has been underway in Denbigh all this week, finishing on Saturday. The Welsh for Adults Centre in the Denbigh area has produced a guide for learners coming to the Eisteddfod, which you can see at You might like to take a look at that if you're coming along. There are lots of interesting things happening all over the Maes of course, and the guide has the timetable for what's on in Maes D, the Learners Pavilion. 1


Thanks to all who have shared Net News with members and colleagues. Don’t forget you can copy & paste items for your own workplace newsletters. If you haven't subscribed yet and would like to, please email Bernice See more at:

Learning for Life across the NHS Note, this campaign applies to England but the excellent information in the toolkit will be useful across all the nations. A campaign to increase workplace learning in the NHS was launched on 31 July 2013 with an accompanying ministerial statement. The Learning for Life campaign has been developed to raise the level of awareness of learning opportunities, increase the amount of learning taking place and demonstrate the positive impact of learning. Health sector unions together with unionlearn, NHS Employers, Department of Health and Skills for Health were tasked by the NHS Social Partnership Forum (SPF) to build a campaign that aims to grow a learning culture across the NHS, engaging especially the lower pay bands of staff to take up learning and encourage unions and employers to develop learning agreements.

One of the starting points for the campaign was a survey carried out by Skills for Health where they found that “the bottom 40% of NHS staff deliver 80% of patient contact but receive only 4% of the training budget.” Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Health Minister and chair of the national SPF, Dr Dan Poulter said: “I am very pleased to support the SPF-led NHS workplace learning campaign – ‘Learning for Life’. The campaign aims to increase the level of workplace learning in the NHS, which is instrumental in motivating and empowering staff, giving them valuable skills and experience. We already know that patients receive the high quality care they deserve from motivated staff so I urge employers and trade unions to use the campaign materials and work together to build a culture of workplace learning in the NHS for the benefit of patients and staff.” An employer toolkit has been developed as part of the campaign and it contains ideas, advice and case inspiring case studies on getting all staff involved in learning. For more information visit the unionlearn website by clicking here. You can download the toolkit by clicking here. The toolkit is an excellent resource – with information and strategies that can be applied to other workplaces – worth taking a look.

Health Care Support Workers Conference Celebrating Care.

For Health Care Assistants and Support Practitioners Venue Cymru, Llandudno Friday 11th October 09.30—16.30 Lunch and refreshments provided Book your place onto this FREE event. See the next page for full details 3

Health Care Support Workers Conference Celebrating Care

For Health Care Assistants and Support Practitioners

Venue Cymru, Llandudno Friday 11th October 09.30—16.30 Lunch and refreshments provided Book your place on this FREE event today! Lots of interactive Workshops Promotional and informative stands Meet and network with fellow professionals. PLUS: The chance to sign up for Open University courses. Applications by Friday 27th September To book your place or for more information please contact the STEP project on 01248 682640 Maggy Guirguis. STEP Skills Through Engagement in Partnership / Sgiliau Trwy Ein Partneriaid Traeth Lafan – Ysbyty Bryn Y Neuadd Hospital – Llanfairfechan – LL33 0HH

Making Sense of Social Media in the workplace September 19th 2013 / 1.00pm - 4.00pm National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HG This short course will encourage discussions on the topic of social networking in the workplace. Share experiences, issues. Get support in setting up a social networking profile and tips for using it safely. Learners will gain an essential skills work unit which, if learners wish, can contribute toward an essential skills qualification. The session is a collaboration between the RCN/Wales Union Learning Fund and the WEA which has a long relationship with workforces and communities. For more information or to book a place, please contact - Sarah Barnes, RCN Wales, Ty Maeth, King George V Drive East, Cardiff, CF14 6AN Email - Telephone – 029 2068 0745

Closing Date for Applications: September 10th 2013

Essential Skills & Dyslexia Awareness Friday 4th October

10am - 3pm

WCVA - Aberystwyth

A free workshop in Aberystwyth. The session is aimed at learning and development managers, HR officers/advisors, anyone with line management/supervisory responsibility and of course ULRs. It is a general introduction to essential skills and associated funding streams. We will also look at dyslexia and the misconceptions around dyslexia/essential skills needs. Karen Fisher Project Manager Email: Connecting Learners South & Mid Wales "Highly Commended" by the Care Council for Wales "Social Care Accolades Awards" Hosted by: Community Lives Consortium 24 Walter Road, Swansea SA1 5NN Tel: 01792 646640 Mobile: 07966 690038 Visit the "South Wales" website at: 4

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Cardiff Learning Market The Cardiff Learning Festival group, in partnership with Niace Dysgu Cymru are putting on a free event for adult learners. The event is being held to tie in with the ‘New Start, New Course’ Campaign which encourages adults right across Wales to sign up for a new course or activity. The event will also act as a networking opportunity for all learning providers involved. This is a new initiative where we intend to strategically target those hardest to reach learners in Cardiff. The Cardiff Learning Market will take place on Saturday 7th September 11am – 3pm at The Cardiff Story Museum ( This event will be a fantastic free opportunity to: - Advertise and promote your courses/training to adult learners and potential learners. These learners will also benefit from having an opportunity to discuss any questions or queries they may have face to face. - Network with other learning providers - Stage free mini taster sessions for adult learners (You can also apply for funding to cover these costs) - Benefit from free advertising Those signed up so far are: The Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan, Cardiff Council Neighborhood Learning, the WEA, Trident Divers, ULearn College Spaces/stands are limited so please book now! If you’re interested in running a free stand at this fantastic event and/or becoming part of The Cardiff Learning Festival Group please contact the Cardiff Learning Festival Coordinator, Lois Standish-Williams on or Emma Harris, Campaigns Assistant at NIACE DC at,uk

Learning Festival Groups - Calling all ULRs. Would you like to be a part of the 22 County Learning Festival groups in Wales? The Festival groups are the bodies who deliver the Niace Dysgu Cymru campaigns for us locally, including Adult Learners’ Week and the upcoming campaign this September. (See the Cardiff Learning Festival event in the article above.) We would welcome ULRs on to any of our LFGs in Wales. I do appreciate that it may be difficult for some to attend meetings during working hours. If there is anything that NDC can do to facilitate your presence at our meetings then please let me know. ULRs can always contact me first. Gareth Gareth Hughes Learning Festivals Coordinator NIACE Dysgu Cymru 3rd Floor 35 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9HB Tel/Ffôn: 02920 370900 / 02920 370919 Web/Gwe:


Introduction to RARPA in non-accredited learning. RARPA = Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement. How can you demonstrate learners' success on non-accredited programmes? This highly interactive one-day course introduces the five-stage RARPA approach, recognised by Estyn and DfES as best practice in showing learner progress and achievement in informal and non-accredited learning. The course will be particularly relevant for tutors, teacher trainers, programme developers and programme managers throughout the ACL sector as well as those arranging learning activities in third sector and community organisations. St Asaph: 10 October 2013 and Nantgarw: 24 October 2013 NIACE members: £105 Non-members: £135 For further information and to book your place, please contact Wendy Ellaway-Lock on 029 2037 0900 or email All events include refreshments and lunch unless otherwise stated. For the full NIACE Dysgu Cymru Training programme - Autumn 2013 go to: It’s worth noting that Unison and UCU are NIACE members as are most local authorities, colleges and universities. This means you can enrol on NIACE courses at the price for members. Want to see if your union or employer is a member? Check here:

Coleg Harlech – 2 new workplace courses Please note that this month we have 2 new Workplace courses starting: ECDL - From next Tuesday 6th August (weekly)- Mantell Gwynedd, Caernarfon 09.30am- 12.30pm Photoshop - (intensive week course) - 12-16th August - Rhyl Community Fire Station. 09.30am- 4pm Anyone wanting to register on either of the courses please contact our Workplace team on 01248 353254 or email: A full list of Dyfodol Autumn courses will be available shortly. Diolch everyone and I hope you are enjoying the summer! Ceri Lewis Tel: 01248 353254 Email: Gweithiwr Datblygu / Development Worker Coleg Harlech WEA/CAG Bryn Menai, Ffordd Caergybi Bangor, LL57 2JA @CHWEAWorkplace Please can you 'like' our Facebook page:!/pages/ColegHarlech-WEA-Workplace-Gweithle 7

Coleg Harlech OPEN DAYS Why not come along to speak to a member of the team? J E O’Toole Centre, Holyhead Thursday, 12/09/13, 10:00-15:00 Bryn Menai, Bangor Friday, 13/09/13, 10:00-15:00

Kellogg’s ULRs Here’s a link to a review of the Meat Club evening that we held recently. It’s by a local blogger who was in the audience…..enjoy!

Literacy Specialist Course in Barry We are repeating the ever-popular Level 3 Certificate for Essential Skills Practitioners (City & Guilds 8375) Literacy specialist course - essential for all Basic/Essential Skills deliverers. It will run 1-4 pm every Friday (term-time) from 13th September 2013 to 6th June 2014, at the Colcot campus, Barry. Who is it for? • Existing Basic Skills practitioners who wish to obtain a qualification in delivering to adults • New staff wishing to pursue a career in Basic Skills. (N.B. if you do not have any experience of working in this sector, we strongly recommend that you spend a period of time working as a Volunteer Adult Learner Supporter.) Course outline: Mandatory module on Adults and Young People as Essential Skills Learners and three specialist units, which look at delivering, planning and assessing literacy learning A work placement is required for the specialist modules (minimum 15 hours) Tutorial time is included for each module Interested? Please get in touch. Feel free to pass this on..... Kind regards Anne This programme is part-financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government

Anne Reardon-James Employer Pledge Project Leader/Arweinydd Prosiect Addewid Cyflogwr Essential Skills Department

07932 773956 or 01446 725000 ext. 5317 Cardiff and Vale College Colcot Road, Barry CF62 8YJ

Coleg Caerdydd a’r Fro Heol Colcot, Y Barri CF62 8YJ


Dyslexia in the Workplace Two modules are offered jointly by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Dyslecsia Cymru/Wales Dyslexia. They provide training in the use of dyslexia screening tools and the requirements for reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010. Completion of both modules awards 20 credits at level 4. The majority of the content of each module (75%) consists of work-based learning, supported by 10% e-learning and 15% teaching sessions. Dates and locations for 2013 CARMARTHEN NEWPORT University of Wales Trinity Saint David University of South Wales, (Carmarthen Campus) (Caerleon Campus) Newport 18 Sept, 16 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec. 19 Sept, 24 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec Course fees £200 per module For more information and how to apply Christine Hall, Business Development Officer, Dyslecsia Cymru/Wales Dyslexia: 01267 676629 or visit our website at:

Excelsior Plus News School may be out, but the demand for NVQs in the workplace continues! We are delighted that hundreds of small businesses and organisations throughout SouthWales are taking up the opportunity to participate in the Excelsior Plus NVQ Initiative all through the summer. If staff development is on your mind and you’re wondering what to do about it, please contact the Excelsior Plus team at your local college. Would you like to make a suggestion for a workshop topic? Excelsior Plus would like to offer free Management Support training workshops in 2013—2014 but would like to know what management topics would be of interest to the business community. For example, would you or your staff appreciate a workshop on appraisal systems, quality systems, interview techniques, staff retention, conflict management or another topic all together? All workshop ideas welcome—Please email your suggestions to: Liz Plenty Excelsior Plus Project Manager Bridgend College 1C Morien House Bridgend Industrial Estate Bridgend CF31 3SH Tel: 01656 763235 Mobile 07850 722099 Email:

Helen Lloyd Employer Liaison Officer Merthyr Tydfil College Ynysfach Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1AR Tel: 01685 726058 Mobile 07805 674672 Email:

Dianne Turner Business Relationship Manager The College Ystrad Mynach, Twyn Road, Ystrad Mynach Hengoed CF82 7XR Tel: 01443 866270 Mobile 07711 637467 Email: 9


BBC Expert Women’s Day Wales Date: Thursday 10th October 2013 Location: BBC Cymru Wales, Broadcasting House, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ We are looking for women with recognised knowledge and skills in these specific fields: • • • • • • • • •

History Classical Music Poetry & The Arts Science Engineering & Technology Consumer Affairs Political & Defence Analysis Business Media & Popular Culture

If you are a female with expertise in one of these areas and can be in Cardiff on the day then you could be part of this ground breaking free event. For more information on how to apply go to:

Minister on twitter Follow Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills on twitter at @WG_EducationMin and find out what he has planned and what he has to say about Education and Skills in Wales

Survey – please complete! Employability & Professional Course Development Survey The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University is proposing to run a range of new professional development and employability courses to benefit students, staff and the community in Wales. Please compete this questionnaire; it will take you less than 5 minutes: Thanks, Owen Phillips 01970 622927

Arolwg gyrsiau datblygu proffesiynol a chyflogadwyedd newydd Mae Ysgol Addysg a Dysgu Gydol Oes Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn bwriadu cynnal amrywiaeth o gyrsiau datblygu proffesiynol a chyflogadwyedd newydd er budd myfyrwyr, staff a’r gymuned yng Nghymru. Cwblhewch yr holiadur yma os gwelwch yn dda; bydd yn cymryd llai na 5 munud: Diolch, Owen Phillips 01970 622927


Health & Safety Reps Conference, Cardiff, 24th October The Wales TUC is holding a conference for trade union health and safety reps in Cardiff this October. This one-day conference will provide an essential update for both new and experienced trade union health and safety reps from across Wales. Date: Thursday 24th October 2013 Time: 10 am - 4 pm Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff Confirmed speakers include Hilda Palmer from the Hazards Campaign, Doug Miller (former research director from an international workers' federation) and an expert speaker from the TUC. The full agenda for the day is currently being finalised but will also include a mixture of workshops covering key topics, updates and developments in workplace health and safety issues. This event free of charge and it is open to all trade union health and safety reps who live or work in Wales. Trade union officers are also welcome to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Booking is essential for this event so if you would like to attend please make sure you complete an online registration form. Places are limited so early registration is advised. Please speak to your own union in advance to discuss whether they will be able to assist with travel costs. Your union may also be able to offer advice about getting time off work to attend the briefing. For further details or if you have any queries please contact us on 029 2034 7011.

Watkin Jones Community Fund The Watkin Jones Community Fund has been set up to assist projects which aim to make a real difference to local communities. The scheme offers grants of up to ÂŁ1,000 and is open to all community-based groups and not-for-profit organisations based in North Wales. The application process is straightforward, and designed to encourage applications from a wide range of projects with a particular emphasis on enhancing the physical environment and improving quality of life for local people. The Fund can support a variety of projects including regeneration, environmental, sustainability, educational, capacity-building and skills development, renovation and sports projects. Go to for more information.


A19SKILLS “We help people find work, we help them to stay in work and we help people develop at work� Engagement Programme This is a course for learners who have been out of the workplace for some time. An 8-day intensive course that provides the support needed to overcome barriers when looking for work. It gently builds confidence and esteem whilst learning key employment related skills integrated with literacy, numeracy and ICT. Security Training If you are interested in Security Training then you can attend one of our courses in either Swansea or Cardiff. Open to all, learners can be self-funded or referred from Job Centre Plus; we accept Welsh Government ReAct funding or employer funding. These courses take place every month. A19Skills have the following courses taking place in August/September, in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea. Course Security Industry Authority Training 4-day courses

Dates 16th to 19th September OR 28th to 31st October (Up-skilling opportunities are available)

PTLLS 3-day/4 evening courses

Evening course - 4 evenings: Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th September 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Train the Trainer 1 day course

2nd September OR 9th September

First Aid 1 day course

3rd September OR 10th September

Food Hygiene 1 day course

4th September OR 11th September

Manual Handling 1 day course

5th September OR 12th September

Food Safety 1 day course

6th September OR 13th September

Infection Control 1 day course

16th September OR 23rd September

Health and Safety 1 day course

17th September OR 24th September

COSHH 1 day course

18th September OR 25th September

We price competitively and always deliver high quality. We can offer group discounts on request. For more information, please contact us. Tel: 07921391790/01792539987 - ask for Emma Thomas. Alternatively, you can e-mail me on or you may visit our website at - 13

Law at Work 2013 This year's edition has been completely rewritten to explain what the drastic changes to employment law will mean in practice. With the introduction of tribunal fees, union members will be counting on their reps to resolve issues in the workplace itself. Law at work 2013 gives them the legal backup they need to face these challenges with authority. Read the introduction and order your copies HERE Unison members, you have online access privileges to the latest LRD booklets including LAW AT WORK.

Elevate Elevate has moved on quite a bit since our presentation in Newport at the Network of Excellence meeting and I would like to point ULRs and Reps in the direction of our word press site that illustrates courses we have on offer. The module in Employment Law may be of a particular interest, with a mock tribunal as an assessment method. Kevin Brown manages the law course; if you have any questions feel free to contact Kevin or myself. Regards, Martyn Rowling Employer Engagement Lecturer Darlithydd Ymgysylitiad Cyflogwyr University of South Wales | Prifysgol De Cymru Pontypridd CF37 1DL Tel | Ffon: 01443 483584 Email |E-bost:

Employment Tribunal Skills and Discrimination Law FREE Course Starting October 2013 One day a month for 6 months

Wrexham & Cardiff

Dates: Cardiff/Wrexham, 8/9th October 2013, 5/6th November 2013, 10/9th December 2013, 11/12th January 2014, 11/12th February 2014, 11/12th March 2014 The course, sponsored by the Equality & Human Rights Commission, will give you the skills & knowledge you need to advise workers on their rights under the Equality Act 2010 & to help them prepare & present discrimination cases at Employment Tribunal. Led by an Employment Lawyer & 2 ET Lay Members, with sessions from an Employment Judge & ACAS, this FREE training will benefit advisors from Citizens Advice Bureau, Trade Unions (representatives and stewards) & those from the Voluntary Sector who have clients who have suffered discrimination at work. You can also gain an optional qualification, (4 units accredited at level 3) & meet with others who are providing advice in your part of Wales. To register your interest or find out more details contact Kerry Wakefield 02920 447725 or 14

Thinking of learning Welsh this year? (or Spanish?) Then try SaySomethinginWelsh.(or SaySomethinginSpanish) You can use it alone or perhaps combine it with a Welsh course to improve your spoken Welsh. Say something in Welsh is a friendly online community with initial courses that are free to use.

Nant Gwertheryn The Nant is in a stunning situation in one of the many beautiful parts of Wales. A wonderful place to learn Welsh, or just enjoy the scenery and the history.

Os ydych chi’n ddigon lwcus i fynd i’r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol eleni yn Ninbych, dewch draw i’n gweld. Byddwn yno yn stondin 405.

If you are lucky enough to go to the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh this year, come over to see us. We will be in stall 405.

Er mwyn mynd i hwyl yr ŵyl mae cynnig gwych gennym i chi ar gyfer cyrsiau 2013.

To join in the festival fun we have a great offer for you on 2013 courses.

Hyd yn oed os dydych chi ddim yn gallu mynd i’r maes, mae Nant Gwrtheyrn yn rhoi CYNNIG ARBENNIG I BAWB* sydd eisiau mynychu cwrs 5 niwrnod. Archebwch le cyn 31 Awst a gallwch aros yn y Nant ar y nos Sul cyn y cwrs AM DDIM. Gall tiwtor profiadol eich cynghori ar lefel trwy alwad ffôn syml. Felly peidiwch ag oedi rhagor a ffoniwch ni! Fel y gwelwch, mae ein rhaglen gyrsiau newydd yn barod hefyd ac rydyn ni’n edrych ymlaen at flwyddyn brysur arall yn 2014. Ffôn: 01758 750334 E-bost: *Nid yw’r cynnig hwn yn cyd-fynd â grant Menter Iaith Conwy.

Even if you are not able to go to the maes this year, the Nant has a SPECIAL OFFER FOR EVERYONE* who wishes to attend a 5 day course. Book a course before 31 August and you can stay at the Nant on the Sunday night before your course for FREE. An experienced tutor is only a phone call away to advise you on your level. So do not hesitate any longer and phone us! As you can see, our new course timetable is ready and we are already looking forward to another busy year in 2014. Tel: 01758 750334 E-mail: *This offer is not applicable with the Menter Iaith Conwy grant.

Radio Cymru expanding provision in Wales It was announced on Radio Cymru that digital radio coverage is to be expanded to more areas of Wales: The plan intends to expand local DAB coverage in Wales to a further 400,000 homes (28% of homes) in the South, Mid and West and North West areas of Wales. This will enable almost 80% of households in Wales to receive the National stations for Wales including BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Real Radio Wales and Nation Radio Wales. The first phase will be at the end of July, the second phase the end of August and the third phase in the second half of 2014: Here's the BBC coverage 15

Come and join the team! MS Society Cymru volunteering with your local branch is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and make a difference. We want to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you to get involved with our new MS Support Teams – whatever your skills, experience, interests and available time, please get in touch! Or maybe someone you know may be interested in these opportunities. Support Team Skills • Listening and communication skills. • Good interpersonal skills. • Willingness to work as part of a team. • Able to visit people in their homes. • Respect diversity of views, attitudes and lifestyles. The support team provide a range of support and information to local people affected by MS. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about getting involved, then please contact Matthew Witty for an application and information pack. A four day training course, induction, on-going support, and out of pocket expenses are given to all of our volunteers. For an application pack and more details: T: (029) 2078 6676 E: Getting involved with your local branch can be rewarding and fun: We look forward to hearing from you! MS Helpline: 0808 800 8000 – freephone Email:

Cardiff and Vale College Working in Partnership Did you know that we can offer employers: • • • • • • • •

Expert trainers with current Industry knowledge Access to professional nationally recognised qualifications Bespoke training developed for your business Courses delivered at a time and place to suit you Help with applications to fund your training Consultancy to help improve your business and gain the competitive edge Tap into a wealth of experience and resource 10 sites across Cardiff and Vale for modern facilities hire and resources for your events

Click here for current course list and costs

Contact Us For more Information, quotation or to arrange an informal meeting please contact our commercial team on Tel: 02920 908006 Email: 16

Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) WEST is developing small modules on the themes of hydrogen, large scale power generation, low carbon built environment, marine energy and solar energy. The majority of the modules will be available through e-learning from the beginning of 2014. Participants who live or work in a convergence area will receive an accredited qualification for every module they complete. This will be completely subsidised. WEST website WEST contact Project Manager Dr Vicki Stevenson,, 02920 870927 ___________________________________________________________________

Built Environment Sustainability Training (BEST) BEST is developing a subsided training programme to develop knowledge and skills in the latest sustainability practices in construction, energy, waste and water. BEST website BEST contact Project Manager Sarah Harris,, 02920 870992

Train the Trainer This 2 day course will: • Equip you with the skills needed to prepare and deliver effective training sessions. • Help you to learn how to recognise different learning styles and how to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery • Help you to identify specific training resources that are relevant in different training environments. The cost of the course is £110 per person; this includes lunch, refreshments and accreditation. Dates: 2nd – 3rd September 2013 Venue WEA Cardiff CF10 5NB 9.00am – 5.00pm For more information, or to book a place, please contact Katrina Taylor on 01495 369869 – We can replicate this course for you in-house and/or for other geographical areas, if there are sufficient numbers. Feel free to contact me with any queries or to book a place. Kat Katrina Taylor WEA South Wales - Workplace Learning Coordinator

Got time for a cuppa? Then try these 20 minute e-notes with your next break. Two new eNotes are now available on Supporting Learners and Using the Climbing Frame. Each eNote is a mix of text, video and quizzes. They’re a great new resource to help keep up to date. To access these new eNotes and the other subjects available go to Warning: e-notes can leave you wanting more and you could find yourself looking for another course! 17

The WTUC Education Service course booklet The Wales TUC Cymru course booklet is now available. It gives details of courses available for all union reps from this September up to July 2014. The booklet also provides details of Wales TUC networks, events, resources and other relevant services - making it essential reading for reps in Wales. The booklet is available to view online or download, alternatively hard copies can be ordered from Look out for some exciting new courses in this year's programme, including (click the course title for more info): TUC Employment Law Certificate Dyslexia Awareness Included in this year's programme are a range of short 2-3 day courses, offering reps updates and training in specialist areas. Short courses include: Cancer in the Workplace Mental Health Awareness Handling Grievances and Disciplinaries Tackling Bullying in the Workplace Tackling Stress in the Workplace Dealing with Domestic Violence Dealing with Redundancy Trade Unions and the Environment (Green Reps) The programme includes the essential 'core' course programme for union reps, health and safety reps and union learning reps, these are: Union Reps Stage 1 TUC Employment Law Certificate (Stage 2) TUC Diploma in Employment Law Health and Safety Stage 1 Next Steps for Safety Reps (Stage 2) TUC Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Union Learning Reps Stage 1 Union Learning Reps Stage 2 If you would like any further information about any of the above courses or if you are unable to find a course to suit your needs please contact the Wales TUC Education Team on 029 2034 7011 or email Kind Regards Jo Rees Wales TUC Education Team Wales TUC Cymru Tel: 029 2034 7010 Email: Please note that the Unionlearn website is having some difficulties (it is a massive website) so some courses appear to be in Inverness ď Š 18

Clive Jenkins European Study Bursary 2013/2014 The TUC Educational Trust offers two bursaries of £800 each to enable trade union members to visit a European Union country in 2013/14. These bursaries are from a trust established by Clive Jenkins. The purpose of the visit will be to study, first-hand, an aspect of trade unionism, industrial relations, training or employment and to write a report for TUC Education. The bursaries are intended to cover travel and subsistence only – no funds are available for any loss of earnings. Applications are required to plan their study project and to estimate costs. Preference will be given to study projects with clearly defined aims. The closing date for applications is 16 August 2013. Applications are available from: Natasha Owusu, TUC Education, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

The top 10 free publication downloads from unionlearn July 2013 1

Working for Learners


Guide to 24+ Advanced Learning Loans


Redundancy Handbook from Money Advice Service


Building Trade Union Support for Workplace Learning throughout Europe

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Union Engagement – Learning in the workplace and the community Health, work and well-being toolkit


Delivering better learning agreements - A guide for union reps and officers


Breaking through the barriers – equal access to learning for all

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Disability and Work: a trade union guide to the law and good practice Everything you need to know about functional skills

(known as essential skills in Wales) Just one thing to remember when using the Unionlearn website, some things are different in Wales! One example, in Wales we refer to Essential Skills, in England it is functional skills. However, most of the information will still be very useful. Have you got copies? You can download to your computer or, order hard copies for the union book shelf/office. Make sure unionlearn is bookmarked or in your favourites on your computer for speedy access. 19

Heads up for Safer Internet Day 2014 Safer Internet Day (SID) is on February 11th 2014. Jisc RSCs are planning an online event to help you prepare.

Texthelp Organisations such as Transport for London and the Fire Brigades Union are using texthelp software to help staff with dyslexia and literacy difficulties improve their performance, as well as to promote equality and inclusion. The texthelp software is easy to use as its discreet toolbar floats above familiar applications such as Word, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader and Google Docs and can be customised to provide reading, writing and research support tools. Download a free trial here Texthelp Reading and writing support technology for education, websites, and publishing. For more information about Texthelp visit:

Get Online @ Home Microsoft digital inclusion initiative: ‘Get Online @ Home’. The aim of this scheme is to provide affordable, internet ready computers from £99, pre-loaded with core Microsoft software (Windows 7, Office 2007 & Antivirus) throughout the UK to eligible recipients. All WULF projects, ULRs and Union Learners can benefit from Get Online @ Home as they all meet the eligibility criteria. To find out more, please contact Marcus Griffiths; Tel: 01443 434675 Mob: 07908707804 Web: Many thanks, Marcus Griffiths Sales Manager Many union members and ULRs have already used the scheme very successfully.

Low Carbon Research Conference The Low Carbon Research Institute is running a free conference in Llandudno in November. Sessions will include: hydrogen - solar energy - large scale power generation - marine energy - bio energy

- low carbon built environment - smart low carbon cities and regions - scenario modelling - welsh energy sector training - low carbon built environment

If this would be of interest to yourselves or any of your colleagues, please let me know and I'll forward your details to the conference organisers so that you receive official invitations. Vicki Dr Vicki Stevenson CEng MEI MIMMM Project Manager WEST ( Tel: 029 2087 0927 E-mail: 20

Wave Project The WAVE Project (Women Adding Value to the Economy) aims to address skill shortages and add value to the Welsh economy by advancing women’s roles in the workforce. The wave project is a fully funded opportunity for women working in SMEs in the Convergence area. The Diploma in Strategic ICT Leadership programme is aimed at women working at management level in SMEs in the Convergence areas of Wales. Wales needs more women to lead in ICT strategy for business growth to fulfil the Welsh Government’s Economic Renewal Strategy. You can develop and lead the innovative use of information and communications technology to support productivity and advance your career. Through the new diploma and development for women you can: • Gain skills to develop ICT strategy in your workplace • Influence the innovative use of technology for business • Improve your leadership skills and knowledge and benefit your employer Each individual enrolled on the programme will be taken through a personalised learning programme that reflects the priorities of the business and supports business objectives. Support will also be provided to maximise the business benefits of equality and diversity practice. I will be happy to provide further information as necessary. Mair Mair Williams Employer and Leadership Development Coordinator/Cydlynydd Datblygiad Cyflogwr ac Arweinyddiaeth WAVE Project/Prosiect MYGE The Women’s Workshop/Gweithdy'r Menywod 029 20493351 07972493599

FREE Leadership and Management Programme for Employed Women in Bridgend Training and 1-to-1 Development Support Included 35 places remaining on courses for Female Employees Find out more by calling 01443 824410: The Ascent Programme offers employed women a programme of training and support to develop team leading and management skills whilst gaining an Institute of Leadership and Management Qualification, within 8 weeks. In addition the participants receive tailored 1-1 support, advice and guidance as well as having access to additional bespoke and certificated modules. On completion of the Ascent Programme the participants are able to access an additional Training Allowance worth up to £1,000 for further training. Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation project is fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Welsh Government. The Project is in its final year of funding and therefore the last chance to enrol will be September 2013. Further information can be found at 21

GFTU Course: Handling Cases - Free to affiliated unions Who is this course for? This course is for recently elected reps and stewards or for those who have not had any training. It is also suitable for reps that have not had training for a significant amount of time as a refresher. What will this course cover? • Dealing with member’s problems • Handling grievance and disciplinary cases • Understanding the law around disciplinary and grievances • Understanding the rights of trade union representatives Venue: Cardiff Date: 21-22 November Duration: 2 days Closing Date: 25 October To apply for a place you should complete a course nomination form, available online or from GFTU, and have this countersigned and returned to the GFTU by your General Secretary (Education Officer or other appropriate official). If you are applying via by downloading a form or using the online form we will arrange for your forms to be countersigned. The General Federation of Trade Unions is the federation for specialist unions; there are 21 affiliates with some 215,000 members. Administration & General Enquiries - Annette Sloper Head of Education Services- Judith Jackson


Shelter Cymru Shelter Cymru has a strong reputation for providing good value, high-quality training courses, conferences, seminars and events. We deliver quality training, which enables others to provide better services to prevent homelessness and improve housing conditions in Wales. New courses now included in our programme cover current legislative changes in areas including the Private Rented Sector and Universal Credit. We also have two exciting conferences coming up this autumn. 'A better private rented sector for Wales' (25 September), sponsored by British Gas, will bring together the latest research from across the UK and Europe to address how we can encourage good practice among landlords and empower tenants to be confident and knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities. Then, as the first ever Welsh Housing Bill enters scrutiny stage, we are co-hosting a conference with Cardiff University and the Welsh Government. 'From Evidence to Action' (8 November) will be a platform for current housing research, policy and practice and provide inspiration for further development in this important field. Please click on the links below for further information. If there are any courses you would like to see that are not already listed then please get in touch with our Training team. Training courses A better private rented sector for Wales From Evidence to Action

Rep of the year Awards 2013 –nominations open Do you know a trade union rep who has made a big difference in their workplace? Are you a rep who has gone the extra mile to make a difference and improve the working lives of your members? Nomination categories There are five categories in which reps can be nominated: • Union Representative/Shop Steward Award; • Health and Safety Representative Award; • Union Learning Representative Award; • Equality Award; • Green Award. All nominations must be endorsed by the nominee's Regional Secretary or equivalent and must be received by Wales TUC by Wednesday 25th September. What is the purpose of the awards? The purpose of the awards is to recognise the contribution that representatives make generally. Trade union reps are volunteers; they do a difficult job and make a huge contribution in terms of time, commitment, effort and results which deserves to be celebrated. The awards also serve to highlight the work of specific reps in one or more key areas of union work, such as: Protecting workers' rights; improving pay and conditions at work; Organising and recruitment of members; Protecting the health and safety of members;

Creating learning opportunities;Promoting equality and fairness in the workplace; Championing environmental issues; Dealing with other complex workplace issues such as pensions, redundancy, or individual casework.

How are nominees identified? Nominations by union colleagues - Union officers, reps and members are invited to identify reps whom they think deserve to be nominated for an award. If you know someone who you think should be put forward for an award, please forward them



Acorn has launched a Part-Time Foundation Degree (arts) in ‘Applied Professional Practice’ in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University The degree is aimed at individuals in a senior management role or who have been identified for senior management; the degree is modular, which means you choose to study from a pick and mix of topics based on Leadership and Management with work related assignments. • the mandatory module in year one is based on your prior learning and experience, and is used to assess any prior knowledge that you may have so that you are able to be credited with some of the other optional modules (up to a maximum of 60 credits) • modules are worth between 20-50 credits and for the whole FdA there are 240 credits required • the degree is run over two and a half academic years; - Year one Level 4 modules worth 120 credits - Year two Level 5 modules worth 120 credits All delivery takes place at the Llandaff Campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University and students will have full access to all facilities/libraries etc., in the same way as full time students. Time commitment is 14 days year one and 13 and a half days in year two and the full cost is £3600 or £300/20 Credits. Funding for the FdA There are different ways to support the cost of the FdA: • Higher Apprenticeships – at Level 4 and 5 in Management, Acorn can combine the delivery of the Apprenticeship with the FdA for fully funded eligible employees (all age, Pan Wales), or for Modules of the FdA, therefore covering the whole cost and students gaining a dual outcome, additional 1 to 1 visits in the workplace required •

Workforce Development funding – up to 70% of the cost of an agreed management development programme, submitted by the employer, subject to Welsh Govt approval The next intake takes place on the 6th and 13th September, for further information please contact Ann Nicholas: E: T: 01633 663000 M: 07770564864

Strong unions Strong trade unions are a vital part of any fair and prosperous society. Societies with weak unions are far less fair and more unequal – and that holds back economic growth. A core role of the TUC has always been the support of unions in their day-to-day work through training and help for officers and lay reps. Union learning is a vital part of the modern face of the TUC and trade unionism. A Future that Works The TUC's campaign plan can be downloaded from 25

New Equality Network Want to join or find out more about the new All Wales Equality Network? Contact me, Rhianydd at Rhianydd Rhianydd Williams Trade Union Equality Representative Network Officer Wales TUC Telephone - 02920 787014 Mobile – 07770794935

New fund open to make Wales a fairer society The Welsh Government is inviting charities and third sector groups to apply for up to £1.6 million of funding for projects that tackle inequality and discrimination and help make Wales a fairer place. Ministers are calling on organisations to come forward with proposals that make a real difference to people’s lives. Organisations who wish to apply for the funding can apply here.

Diverse Cymru in North Wales Members of the Diverse Cymru team will be heading to North Wales on Wednesday and Thursday 18th and 19th September. We’d like to meet local service providers and service users and talk about how we can work together across Wales. Day 1: Llandudno •Getting to know us: a series of presentations about our innovative services and methods •Workshops: Advocacy, Equality and Engagement methods •Presentations: Direct Payments and Managed Banking, BME Mental Health services, Challenging Extremism, Training opportunities and Citizen Engagement. Day 2: Mind Aberconwy, 3 Trinity Square, Llandudno, LL30 2PY, 01492 879907 •Come and meet us, how can we support each other? We'd love to meet up with as many organisations as possible to see how we can work together to deliver services. If you have not already signed up but you're interested in meeting, or want to talk more about our visit please contact us on 029 2036 8888 or We look forward to meeting you.

A woman’s place Some very interesting stats and info graphics – well worth a look. The findings of the Chwarae Teg research project ‘A Woman’s Place’ Please go to:

New WMAD Website We are pleased to announce our new website is up and running!!! Have a look at,uk and let us know what you think 26

A Woman’s Place – Time for Action (A study of women’s roles in the Welsh workforce) Chwarae Teg would like to invite you to attend the presentation of a once in a decade piece of research, “A Woman’s Place”, which investigates the position of women in the Welsh workforce. This event will specifically focus on the under-utilisation of women’s skills in the Welsh economy, exploring ways to support women to reach their potential. The event takes place on: Friday, 27 September 2013, 10.00 am -12.30 pm Airbus, Broughton Site, Flintshire, North Wales, CH4 0DR We are very pleased to be joined by Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology who will share his thoughts on gender inequality in training. During this event you’ll have the opportunity to share your views and help start the process of turning the findings into action – this really is Time for Action. You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to a panel of leaders and employers on how women can be supported to make full use of their skills. To register for this free event, please use the following link to the A Woman’s Place page on Eventbrite:

Active Citizens Active Citizens is an exciting international programme of learning that Women Making a Difference have delivered for the last three years, in partnership with British Council. • Do you care about sustainable development? • Would you enjoy meeting people from across the World? • Do you want to take part in social action projects and make a difference? Then this is the course for you!! Starting in October, the course runs one day a week for six weeks. We are looking to recruit just 30 women from across Wales, so if you wish to get involved, get in touch today. Email Amy on or call us 02920 221965

Engendering Change Courses We are currently planning our next Engendering Change courses in Bridgend, Caerphilly and Swansea Our new Engendering Change course will provide you with an Agored Cymru accreditation in Community Development. Engendering Change successfully develops women's confidence and ability to have their voices heard in their community. A FREE course with lots of fun activities, it is open to every woman. So come along and see for yourself! Call us on 02920 221965 or email Amy on or see our website for more information and to apply. 27


Childcare costs risen by 37% in the last five years New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation around Minimum Income Standards shows that childcare costs have risen 37% in the last five years which is double the rate of inflation. These rising costs of childcare and energy coupled with stagnating wages and benefit cuts have created a widening poverty gap. The research shows that a couple with two children have seen the cost of living rise to 3.7% and single parents with one child to 3.3%. To maintain adequate living standards a single parent would need earnings of around £25,600 per year.

People’s Assembly Wrexham Saturday14th September 12 noon – 5pm At the Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre Glyndwr University Wrexham Speaking: Hilda Palmer from Hazards Workshops: Against austerity, organising in our communities, trade unions today and our green environment.

Sunday 29 September 2013 - Save the date. The Conservative Party Conference is coming to Manchester, and it's a good chance for us to get a clear message across to them. Supporters of the NHS and all those who want to defend jobs, services and a decent welfare state will march through the city to tell Conference delegates we mean to Save Our NHS from cuts and privatisation. People will be coming from across the country, with transport being arranged from major cities nationwide. The protest will highlight the impact of huge job losses and spending cuts across the health service, as well as the rapid sell-off of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to private healthcare companies - many of whom like Circle are also Conservative Party donors. We'll also be raising concerns about the wider effect that government economic policies are having upon communities across the UK. Help us get off to a good start by signing your support for the march now. Whether you're planning to come in person, or you want to help take online actions that will make the event even harder for the Conservative Party to ignore, everyone has a role to play to make this work. Add your support now for our National Health Service

This, is a ULR ULRs are enthusiasts for lifelong learning. Through their own love of learning they encourage and support others to participate in the wealth of opportunities offered by the trade union, employer and wider community. They are also a vital part of the union branch and work with fellow activists on issues around learning. Thanks to Karen Fisher Unison for this great description of ULRs 29

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