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Growing Workers Skills

Growing Workers Skills

Gardener and Handyman Paul Clement has seen his essential skills grow and confidence bloom after completing a free Communication Using ICT (Information Communication Technology) course in the workplace.

Paul who works for Gwalia at the Caewern and Gorffwysfa Residential Care Homes decided to embark on this free training in order to brush up his communication skills and to develop his IT skills. Increasingly in life and in the workplace having these essential skills and being able to use them is important in the modern world.

The training was delivered through the Regional Essential Skills for the Workforce (RES) project by the Tutors of NPTC Group (formerly NPT College) for staff at the Caewern Home.

This free training was funded by the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership’s ‘Regional Essential Skills for the Workforce Project’ 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.

Paul flourished in this nurturing learning environment and successfully achieved an accredited Essential Skills Wales (ESW) qualification. Paul relishes using his newly acquired skills, now he is able to complete further online e-learning in work, work with his wife and children on computer based projects and search online about his hobbies and interests at home.

“Going on the training has enhanced every aspect of my life; as a Secretary of a community group I can now e-mail members with news about forthcoming group events and activities. In work I feel more happy and confident about going onto further e-learning courses which are required as part of my job”.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Ali Thomas said: "I congratulate Paul on his achievement and his 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.

More courses are scheduled to be run in the county and employers and workers can contact Bethan Blackmore on 01639 898581 or e-mail res@npt.gov.uk for more information about the free training on offer.