Workplace Learning

Essential Skills in the Workplace Project


Is your company based in Wales?
Do you know how Essential Skills can support your business?

WEA Cymru are providing FREE training for your staff to receive a recognised Essential Skills Wales qualification.

This bespoke training in English, Maths and IT will be directly related to your organisation and will help develop your workforce through:
- improved team work and customer service;
- improved quality control;
- increased accuracy, less wastage;
- increased confidence;
- greater flexibility for effective multi-skilling.

This project is due to finish December 2014 but please contact us for information about how we can help.

For further information about how the Essential Skills in the Workplace Project can help your company, please contact Sarah O'Connell Jones on 01248 363947 or by email

Examples of how companies have benefitted from this project

Jemoleys, cafe and ceramic studio, Penyffordd
Sue Bailey, front of house manager,has been working on a flier promoting the ‘Pizza and Pasta Night’
“I didn’t learn how to use a computer at school so was nervous, I didn’t even know how to switch the computer on!

Now I am creating a promotional flier using word and pictures, which we will be circulating to local people. It’s taught me not to be so scared of the computer.”



Maes Owen Primary and Y Foryd Infants schools, Towyn
Classroom Assistant, Diane Taylor said “we wanted to link in with the national teeth cleaning programme and create a leaflet the children could relate to.

We wrote “Robert the Rabbit” using language they could understand, colourful images and a word search.
It has been very successful and is now used as a resource for the school.”


Abbey Dingle, nursing home, Llangollen
Linda Mottram, care assistant “I hadn’t used a computer before coming on this course, I could switch it on but that’s about it! I have now set up an email account and can search on the internet which is a huge step forward.
This will also help me a lot at home as well because my son’s school want parents to get school reports directly from their
website which I wasn’t able to do before.” 


Joloda Hydraroll, specialist manufacturer of truck loading systems, Anglesey
Fabricator, Ian Vials said “The course has been excellent, one of the things I’ve learnt is how to get your point across in an effective way, for example when contacting management I can now send an email plus it’s also been useful to learn about body language and how to conduct yourself appropriately."
Apprentice welder Andrew Forder-Scross added“the group discussions have been good and helped me to learn how to put my opinions forward”.


Coed Mor, Nursing Home, Abergele
Care worker, Deborah Mulvaney said “The course has been tailored to our working life, for example we’ve been learning to write care plans and accident reports.Our tutor, Sian Hanley, has been brilliant, she has built us up slowly, we’ve taken little steps and in the end have achieved a lot”.
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Dafydd Hardy Estate Agents, North West Wales
Director, Dafydd Hardy said "Coleg Harlech WEA were able to provide a bespoke solution, this was very important as I wanted training that was specific to what we needed rather than something generic.
This course has been tailored to the individual strengths and weaknesses of our teams so that as a group they can be successful."


The Clocktower, day services provider, Mostyn
Ben Roberts, Manager added “I have had great feedback from parents and staff, it’s gone far better than I could have imagined and I would love to do more.
I’ve noticed a closer team spirit developing, they’ve all enjoyed attending and it’s good to see them all grow in confidence.


Erw Groes, supported housing scheme, Holywell
Course was tailored to the day to day work of the support staff
Senior Project Officer, Stuart Mills "I have seen the staff develop a lot, they are definitely more confident now. The tutor, Diane Roberts, has been very flexible - she’s tailored the sessions to support their day to day jobs and come in at times to suit them.”


Blue Bears adventure play ground, Wrexham 
Staff improved their communication skills by creating a puppet play
Manager, Sue Ford “I’m really pleased with how this course has gone, I can see the progress the girls have made, they have grown in confidence and it has helped develop their creativity, they are coming up with new ideas all the time.”

Welcome Furniture, Caernarfon

IT manager Colin Pearce was looking to increase staff IT skills
he said “The course has been very beneficial for the company and I have noticed a significant drop in calls for help with IT problems since the staff started. They are now able to work independently using software such as Excel and Word without calling for assistance". 


For further information about how the Essential Skills in the Workplace Project can help your company, please contact Sarah O'Connell Jones on 01248 363947 or by email

0300 30 30 007
01978 367100