There are 5 Development Officers (DOs) covering the whole of Wales and they promote and develop trades union led learning in the workplace. DOs support trades unions across Wales helping them to offer the very best learning opportunities for their members. DOs work with everyone involved in the delivery of learning at work – trades unions, employers, learning providers, sector skills councils, Welsh Government and other key education stakeholders. DOs use their wide range of contacts and in depth knowledge to provide information, advice and guidance on a number of workplace learning issues such as funding opportunities, apprenticeship programmes, learning agreements, Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) and advice for workers faced with redundancy (ReACT). The key roles of the Development Officer are:
To provide comprehensive advice and information to trades unions (individual members, Branch and National officers) about developments in adult and workplace education and training across Wales
To recruit, develop and support Union Learning Representatives (ULRs)
To help identify, recruit and support learners in trades unionised workplaces
To identify, promote and enable access to funding that is available for adult and workplace education and training
To work in partnership with trades unions and employers to identify, develop, support and promote best practice regarding workplace learning and workforce development
To work with unions and employers to help develop workplace learning partnerships in order to encourage, support, advise and develop workplace learning agreements, strategies and action plans
To work and liaise with all organisations across Wales involved with adult and workplace learning and education such Welsh Government, Sector Skills Councils, Careers Wales, Providers, Essential Skills Wales, Jobs Growth Wales on behalf of WTUC affiliated members
To work alongside Wales TUC Education Service helping to ensure a cohesive service and provision is available to train and support ULRs, branch officers, Health & Safety Reps and those managing union led learning initiatives in the workplace
To work in partnership with unions, employers and training providers to promote, support and develop Wales Union Learning Fund projects
To promote and support quality apprenticeship programmes across Wales
Development Officers from Wales TUC can advise Union Learning Representatives and Employers on supporting and advising employees who are under threat of redundancy. We follow the key principles that:
- Trade Unions can ensure that the support is available to all and that those who require more support than others receive what they need
- To ensure that everyone concerned, including the company itself, are informed of all their entitlements in terms of redundancy support and re-training
- To monitor the support in order that it can be adjusted to the needs of individuals
- To work with local providers on a tailored package of support that includes access to financial support for training from appropriate sources.
- This will include working with a range of resources and partners:
Guidance is most effective when the support is put in place early in the process so that employees are able to plan effectively for change.
We have experience of working with many employers to help in providing support and advice on support and retraining.
Gareth Hathway North Wales
Deri Bevan Cardiff and South Wales
firstname.lastname@example.org 07769 971 336
Kevin Williams South Wales and Valleys
email@example.com 07747 775 658
Mark Rees Mid Wales
firstname.lastname@example.org 07881 622 342
Linsey Imms South West Wales
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Issued: 1 March, 2016