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New Care & Wellbeing provision aims to tackle regional skills shortages, promote progression to employment and upskill current employees in the region


10.07.2019

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is launching a suite of new Care & Wellbeing programmes at its Lampeter campus from September 2019, which aim to tackle acute skills shortages within the region, as well as creating lifelong learning opportunities for local communities.

The programmes in Health, Social Care and Wellbeing are aimed at residents in Ceredigion, North Carmarthenshire and Powys who wish to progress into employment or further study within their home region. Upskilling programmes are also being offered for those already in employment in the region who currently experience difficulty in accessing appropriate provision locally.

The University has worked extensively with local employers and the regional skills partnership who have identified significant skills shortages in the Health and Care sector regionally. Labour market intelligence data, informed by regional employers, identify significant job opportunities for new entrants to the sector whilst also identifying an acute need to upskill the current workforce. The University, in offering this provision in Lampeter, is capacity building the local community. Jobs created will provide sustainable, well paid employment for residents close to their homes. The University, through its employer engagement strategy is also building resilience within this key employment sector.

Supporting grounded companies in the community, notably in the foundational economy sector is a key priority for the University. The current initiative of introducing Health and Care provision will be extended in future years to support other foundational economy employers, contributing to an increase in productivity as well as a reduction in unemployment in the region.

Extensive evidence exists of the improved earning potential of individuals arising from acquiring high level skills. All of the provision offered at the Lampeter Campus will provide learning pathways to higher levels of study enabling access to lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The provision will be delivered via two strands: progression to employment programmes as well as upskilling and continuing professional development programmes aimed at those currently in employment who want to make progress in the workplace by accessing such programmes within their own community. 

Barry Liles, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Currently there is a well-documented, acute skills shortage in the region, in particular within the buoyant health and social care sector. There are a range of well-paid job opportunities in Ceredigion and neighbouring counties demanding possession of the relevant skills. These new programmes will be offered on a number of flexible delivery patterns in order to ensure participants can access study alongside their current personal and work commitments. Evening provision will be made available for those in employment whilst convenient, day based provision will be available for those who are limited by care commitments of children.

"The University is responding in an innovative way to the needs of mid and rural Wales, and is contributing to the region’s aspirations to be enterprising and distinctive by delivering economic growth through innovation, skills, connectivity and jobs. The UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Ceredigion and Coleg Sir Gâr, is working with key partners to deliver the region’s upskilling agenda by ensuring these programmes are available in Lampeter as pathways towards higher skills development. Programmes offered will meet the new regulatory employment requirements, providing the necessary licence to practice required for this employment sector. The University will provide careers guidance, access to work experience opportunities and will be responsible for the work based assessment of individuals. The UWTSD Group is responsible for a broad range of apprenticeship, higher apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship programmes in a number of key employment sectors.”

From September, a range of part-time day and evening further education Level 1 and 2 programmes will be delivered in such areas as Counselling, Health and Social Care, Access to Health Studies as well as Childcare and Play work. Such provision will only require the payment of a nominal registration fee.

In addition, higher education provision will focus upon the Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing, Foundation Degree in Counselling, Certificate of Higher Education in Nursery Management and Health and Social Care Adult Residential Management provision. 

In January 2020, the University will also launch a range of Wellbeing and Leisure Pursuit programmes from its Lampeter campus. Such programmes will also provide a taster opportunity for individuals considering a career change or seeking professional development of their careers.

“The University is developing this exciting lifelong learning offer at the Lampeter campus in order to ensure that it can respond to the employment needs of the region, and to the sustainability of the campus in the town,” Barry Liles continued. “These programmes will complement the campus’ traditional humanities offer and signal the first phase of a comprehensive range of programme delivery in ensuring that individuals can access the required skills and training in their own communities. Ultimately, we are going to have a positive and significant impact on the economy of the region.”

 

 

 

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