Workers Celebrate

Workers Celebrate Training Success

People in work across the County Borough can benefit from free training to boost their job prospects, careers and personal development.

Staff from Neath Port Talbot Council’s Lifelong Learning Service have been amongst the first to complete and achieve an Essential Skills Wales (ESW) qualification in Communication.

The Learners from the local authority’s Community Development & Projects Section, Neath Port Talbot Adult Learning Network Team, Skills & Training Team and local employer Tomms Care Ltd undertook the free training at the Sandfields Community Education Centre in Port Talbot.

The training was delivered through the Regional Essential Skills project by Tutors from project partner Neath Port Talbot College.

The aim of the course is to enable is to enable individuals to grow and develop their essential skills and in turn fully engage and participate in work and life as well as boosting their confidence to take on more challenging work roles, tasks and training.

This free training was funded by the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership’s ‘Regional Essential Skills for the Workforce Project’ from a £847,000 pot brought into the County Borough by the Neath Port Talbot Adult Learning Network. The project is part funded by the Convergence European Social Fund Programme for West Wales & the Valleys 2007- 2013 through the Welsh Government.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Ali Thomas said: “I congratulate the staff for their achievement and their eagerness to learn new skills. I would encourage everyone who qualifies for this free training to participate because it benefits your work and life prospects.”

To access this free training an individual has to be employed or self employed and can be working on a full-time or part-time basis, even if it is for a half hour per week. This training can help improve individual’s job prospects, help them to help their children with homework as well as enable them to gain a qualification.

More courses are scheduled for workers in the county for more information about the free training on offer contact Bethan Blackmore on (01639) 898581 or e-mail