University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning wins regional Award for its work with Fieldbay Care Homes


A partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s GWLAD project (Growing Workforces Through Learning and Development) and Fieldbay Ltd has been recognised with an award from the CIPD for outstanding training and development.

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development and the partnership was celebrated during the South West Wales CIPD Branch annual awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea, last Thursday, October 8th.

The successful partnership between the University’s GWLAD project and Fieldbay Ltd won the Excellence in Learning and Development award. 

Fieldbay Ltd is a group of care homes providing support for people with complex needs.  Fieldbay has worked with the University for a number of years and are known for pushing the boundaries of staff development.  Indeed, the GWLAD project has given both partners the opportunity to create and deliver a new method of staff development with the establishment of a Leadership Academy.

GWLAD is an innovative £3.7 million project that is helping to develop the skills of employees across South West Wales through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning.

It is supported by the European Social Fund (£2.4m) through the Welsh Government as well as a contribution from the private sector and part funding through the University.

Four accredited modules have been developed and delivered by the University since January 2016, with the modules covering all aspects of Leadership, providing both theory and opportunity for application within the workplace. These modules are available at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.  The modules were developed in conjunction with Fieldbay to ensure a tailored approach to staff development and resulted in the creation of the Leadership Academy.

The academy also acts as a catalyst for embedding robust development plans whilst also addressing succession planning needs, enabling Fieldbay to recruit senior positions internally.

“I am very pleased to receive this award,” said Aldo Picek, Training Manager at Fieldbay.  “Outside recognition of the GWLAD team’s work with Fieldbay is important to us. Our Leadership Academy has taken a lot of dedicated hard work from both organisations and we are already planning for our next cohort! This will spur us on.

Nick Samuel, a lecturer with GWLAD who’s been managing the project with Fieldbay also commented:

“Working with Fieldbay in developing this Leadership programme for their Leadership Academy has been thoroughly enjoyable. I'm fortunate to work with talented Lecturers who were able to take the basic concepts agreed with Fieldbay and turn them into a lively, proactive programme of study.

“The programme leads the participants through a journey from understanding themselves and others, understanding their leadership style, getting the best out of their team, planning workloads and culminating with how to handle issues - when things go wrong. Any experienced leader would agree that these are the key elements required to be an effective leader at the highest level. The programme is generic in nature and can be tailored to suit any organisation in any sector. For the CIPD to recognise its importance in meeting Fieldbay's Learning and Development needs, is really gratifying,” adds Nick.

GWLAD is delivering accredited work-based learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of over 550 employees from over 100 businesses in the region.  Employees 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 also works with businesses to up-skill their staff and to introduce strategies that will be developed through specific learning programmes.

The GWLAD project is enabling the University to work with a range of industries, adding value to businesses by developing flexible, responsive, accredited higher education programmes that are improving skill levels, growing the knowledge economy and increasing 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 Kelly Morris at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on 01267 225169 or

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