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Our partners, our learners

Delivering a highly skilled and capable workforce

This video highlights some of the many successes of our learners and employers, as well as showcasing the innovative partnerships we have developed, working with employers in the private, public and third sectors. We are delighted that this video celebrates our successful students and employers from organisations such as Torfaen County Borough Council, Tata Steel, the Fieldbay Group of Care Homes and Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services.

How we work in partnership with employers

  • Accredit existing in-house staff development
  • Design and deliver tailor-made programmes
  • Offer flexible, blended and demand-led learning
  • Accredit prior experiential and certificated learning (APEL)
  • Deliver and assess bilingually (Welsh)
  • Offer fully funded modules (eligibility rules apply)
  • Offer consultancy service
  • Offer short courses

Who we work with:

  • We work with the:
    • Public sector
    • Private sector
    • Third sector
  • Individual learners (in paid or voluntary employment)

Accreditation of Staff Development

If your organisation carries out a range of training to support the continuing professional development of your staff then you should talk to the University about the opportunity to accredit this training towards an HE qualification. This accreditation will add value to the training for both employers and employees. Accreditation will involve the employee undertaking assessed work which will normally relate to the evaluation and implementation of the training in the workplace, providing you with the further benefit of ensuring that the training is applied and developed.

For an initial discussion on the potential to accredit your in-house training please contact

Dr Annette Fillery-Travis
Head of Wales Institute for Work-based Learning,

To date over a hundred organisations have accessed our modules as part of the Work-based Learning programme funded by the ESF through the Welsh Government. From these organisations, over 300 learners studied with us. Examples of our work with employers: -

Torfaen‌We have worked with Torfaen County Borough Council to accredit a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Public Services (LIPS). This innovative public service leadership programme has resulted in tangible benefits for the citizens of Torfaen.

From collaborative programme design, validation, delivery and evaluation, to the achievements of delegates from the Local Authority, Police, Health Board, voluntary services and elected members, the focus has been on developing values- based leaders. We have been shortlisted for the 2013 Training Journal Award for Best Public Sector Training Programme. To read more, a press release can be found under our News and Development section and a case study can be found under our case study section.

Delivering a highly skilled and capable workforce

Academi Wales‌We are proud to accredit the Academi Wales Summer School to enable delegates from the Wales Public Sector Summer School to gain credit towards a Masters’ programme in Professional Practice. 

For information about the Summer School please cpntact Academi Wales

Porth Agored is a unique collaboration of 12 Local Authority Social Services departments from South West, Mid and North Wales (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Powys, Gwynedd, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Ynys Môn).

Working with the work-based learning team at Trinity Saint David, they jointly validated a Graduate Certificate in Consolidation of Social Work Practice. This is the first programme to be approved by the Care Council for Wales, as part of its new framework of Continuing Professional Education and Learning for Social Work in Wales, which aims to further improve the standard of social work practice and support social workers as they progress to the top of their profession.

Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services said: "This is another key step in the professionalisation of social work. I am pleased that all the organisations involved in the design of this continuing professional education programme have successfully collaborated in preparation for this launch.”

Murco‌We have been working with Murco Petroleum on a project to accredit the prior learning of their Oil Refinery Process Operators. We were runner up in the 2012 Universities Association for Lifelong Learning for this work.

David Smith, Murco’s Support Services Manager at Milford Haven Refinery commented: “It is very valuable to us that our in-house training has been acknowledged in this way. We have worked together to find an accredited progression route for our process operators. We found that there was an understanding of our needs from an institution here in our own community. We are delighted to have won the award and look forward to further developments with other groups of staff.”

We are currently working with Tata Steel  to support their staff development both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Dyslecsia Cymru‌The University works with Dyslecsia Cymru/Wales Dyslexia to support the needs of dyslexic workers in Wales by accrediting workplace assessors. To read more, a case study can be found under our case study section.

Barbara Horsfall-Turner, Former Chair of Dyslecsia Cymru, commented on how straightforward the process of validation had been for them: “thank you to the staff for making the process easy; we were guided and gently steered in the right direction, and the two modules were created which meet the specific needs of the dyslexic worker in Wales”.