Innovative GWLAD project officially launched


Yesterday, (Monday, May 9th), the University of Wales Trinity Saint David officially launched its Growing Workforces through Learning and Development (GWLAD) project at a successful event at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

This innovative £3.7 million project will help develop the skills of employees across South West Wales through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning. 

GWLAD will deliver accredited work-based learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of over 550 employees from over 100 businesses in the region.  Employees will have the opportunity to improve their skills and productivity in a range of business areas and achieve higher education qualifications in Professional Practice.  The project will also work with businesses to up-skill their staff and to introduce strategies that will be developed through specific learning programmes.

Representatives from over 150 businesses from the South West Wales region came together yesterday to learn more about the project and to listen to some inspirational speakers. Those who attended the event were given an overview of the project and more information about how the project can help businesses grow their workforces in the region.

Key note speakers included Rachael Flanagan, founder of Mrs Buckét Cleaning Services who started her company at the age of 18 and who has now seen her company grow to over 300 members of staff.  Rachael spoke about the importance of self-belief and self-development, and how businesses need to invest in their staff and provide strong incentives to help them progress and develop.

Guests were also given an insight into working with the University’s Work-Based Learning team from Paula Lewis and Aldo Picek from Fieldbay Ltd, a group of care homes providing support for people with complex needs.  Fieldbay have worked with the University for a number of years and pride their selves in pushing the boundaries of staff development. 

“We help run, deliver and evaluate the courses,” says Aldo Picek, Training Manager at Fieldbay. “We work closely with the University to create bespoke, interactive courses that engage staff and that take learning into the workplace.”

Professor Liz Wilson, Head of the Wales Institute of Work Based Learning at UWTSD says: “We were delighted to see so many employers and business leaders from across South West Wales at yesterday’s launch.

The GWLAD project is an exciting and innovative project that will allow the University to make a real difference to the workforce across South West Wales, offering tailored work-based courses that meet the needs of the region’s employers.”

GWLAD is a three-year project supported by the European Social Fund (£2.4 M) through the Welsh Government as well as a contribution from the private sector and part funding through the University.

The GWLAD project will enable the University to work with a range of industries, adding value to businesses by developing flexible, responsive, accredited higher education programmes that will improve skill levels, grow the knowledge economy and increase productivity levels throughout the area.

Businesses in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot can register to take part in the Growing Workforces through Learning and Development (GWLAD) project by contacting Dylan Williams-Evans at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on 01267 225169 or

Further Information

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