CAVC Funded Projects
Upskilling@Work is a funded operation supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government which will continue until July 31st, 2023. It is part of a pan-Wales operation designed to enhance skills and increase productivity in the workplace, providing opportunities for employers to gain accredited qualifications for their workforces.
CAVC is a joint beneficiary of the East Wales Upskilling@Work operation and collaborates in partnership with colleges across the region to provide up to 100% funding for eligible companies across a wide a range of subjects including:
- Leadership & Management
- Health & Social Care
- Business Administration & Customer Service
- Facilities Support Services
- Hospitality & Catering
Cardiff and Vale College has used Upskilling@Work to provide high quality demand-led solutions to employers across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The funding is part of a portfolio of 'products', complimenting the Welsh Government's Personal Learning Accounts (PLA), Apprenticeships, commercial solutions and other funding routes.
The success of Upskilling@Work cannot be overstated (over 1,200 individuals positively impacted by training funded through the operation to date), particularly within the SME market which makes up 47% of employers benefited.
We also work with local authorities, trade unions, and other sector-specific training boards to support the cost of training with match-funding.
Personal Learning Account (PLA)
Personal Learning Accounts provide a flexible and fully funded learning entitlement (available until July 31st, 2023) which supports employed individuals earning below £29,534pa, or those whose jobs are at risk of redundancy to gain the right skills and change careers or progress in employment. The courses are specifically designed to address vocational training in sectors with skills shortages, ensuring the future needs of the economy are met.
Priority sectors include:
- Advanced Material and Manufacturing
- Compound Semi-Conductors
- Digital and Enabling Technologies
- Education, Health, Social Care and Childcare
- Green Skills for Net Zero Transition
- Hospitality, Retail and Tourism
- Financial, Legal and Professional Services
- Sector Wide (including NEBOSH/PRINCE2, Retrofit and IEMA)
For more information, follow: www.cavc.ac.uk/en/pla
Examples of funded solutions utilised by organisations in Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan:
- Hodge Bank: CAVC has been working consultatively with Hodge Bank for the past 18 months. We have identified training needs and delivered a range of blended face to face and virtual programmes alongside interactive webinars, encompassing bespoke Mental Health training: "Showing resilience in challenging Times" and "Resilience for front line staff". We are now planning further Mental Health First Aid Wales provision for January 2021.
- Hafod Housing: CAVC has worked in close partnership with Hafod over the past three years to deliver a range of bespoke Leadership & Management programmes which incorporate Hafod's values. The courses targeted aspiring and existing managers at a range of levels to support professional development, and we are currently planning future work with Hafod’s Executive team which will commence in Spring 2021.
- Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd: In July 2018, the College commenced a detailed skills audit and training needs analysis to support Aston Martin's operations. The exercise has helped inform full-time curricula and apprenticeship requirements, which will be made available to learners.
- BBC Wales: CAVC have collaborated with BBC Wales to offer a new Digital Journalism Apprenticeship Programme. Curriculum and staff development has all been supported through the Skills Priority Programme.
- British Airways Maintenance Cardiff: CAVC deliver a Higher Apprenticeship Programme for BAMC. The collaboration has led to a truly innovative product that provides the very best training opportunities and develops the next generation of talent for the aerospace industry. The relationship has been strengthened by the Skills Priority Programme which has supported the delivery of bespoke training in skin repair, composites, Part66 and structural repair.
For more information on how you and your business can benefit from funding - please contact us.