Leadership at the Forefront of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales

Leadership at the Forefront of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales

26-April-2018
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Leadership continues to be at the forefront of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, with a strong commitment to ensuring a good range and high quality of learning and well-being provision in adult community learning.

Our revised organisational structure has now been in place for 6 months and we will be using Operational Management team meetings to continue to review progress in this respect. We will also continue to monitor the progress of re-organisation and employee relations issues via the Joint Consultative and Negotiation Committee (JCNC), therefore providing a further channel for staff to put forward their feedback and raise any issues they may have. Other areas the leadership team are progressing are:

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

• Preparations continue in order to ensure that the organisation fulfils its obligations to meet the new data protection legislation by its implementation date of 25 May 2018
• The working group has made progress in some key areas including completion of a data audit which has determined what personal data the organisation holds, where it is held and how it is used, updating the organisation’s Data Protection Policy and appointing a Data Protection Officer (Vicky Knappett, Senior HR Officer)

Welsh Language Standards

• The Welsh Language Standards came into effect on 1st April 2018. Our implementation plan is progressing well with extensive work having been carried out to ensure that staff are prepared well. This includes a wide range of written and oral resources including detailed guidance notes for both support staff and tutors
•The Welsh Language Standards and the Welsh and Bilingualism Group will be progressing and monitoring actions to develop Welsh language and bilingual services and provision across the organisation.

Membership Strategy

• This work continues as we actively engage with our membership through Regional Forums and the AGM
• Feedback would suggest that communication with members is not as effective as it should be. As such we are examining our communication mechanisms to ensure we reach the target audience effectively
• Continuation of regular bulletins, feedback from Branch activities and Regional Forums will be a key focus to ensure inclusivity. There is scope to increase involvement in the Committee and sub-group structure for co-opted members
• The Membership, Marketing and Campaign group are to develop clear actions in order to develop and implement the membership strategy in conjunction with other planned activities

Learner Visits by the Chief Executive

• It was a pleasure to meet ESOL learners at the Swansea Bay Race Equality Council (SBREC) in early March. It demonstrates the diversity of the learners we support and the valuable skills of an excellent team of ESOL tutors
• A number of planned learner visits took place across all regions including our provision with partner organisation Llandudno Football Club (March) and essential skills delivery at Rhyl Job Centre (April)
• A visit to Rhyl Fire Station to visit learners attending the Digital Photography course is also took place in April, together with more visits to ESOL provision in Cardiff
• A visit to attend an Art class in collaboration with MIND Cymru is planned for May 2018

Cultural Development

• Staff and trade union representatives are reporting a positive cultural shift as we develop the ethos and organisational focus in the post-merger period
• It is very satisfying to see the progress made following a period of significant change both at constitutional and operational level
• Meetings with staff and representatives are engaging, learner focused and energetic
• There is a willingness by everyone to drive forward a positive culture and focus on the future development of the organisation, to ensure our learners are given the best opportunities

Learner Services and Support

• Preparations for the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act continue as we review our current practice and assess what steps need to be taken over the next two years prior to implementation of the Act
• Initial meetings have taken place with Chris Denham, Colegau Cymru’s ALN Transformation Lead (FE), and Chris will attend our Operational Management Team meeting in April to discuss the implications of the legislation in more detail along with arrangements for the provision of ongoing support

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