Staff inspired by award winning course

Ceredigion County Council has been named the winner of the Large Employer Award 2017.

On Thursday, 15th June 2017, the Council was presented with the Large Employer Award for its commitment to developing employees’ digital literacy, and was named the best large employer in Wales at this year’s Inspire! Awards.

Dysgu Bro Ceredigion, Ceredigion County Council’s Adult Community Learning provider, have worked closely with Trade Union UNISON’s DigiSkills Wales, Union Learning Fund Project, to enable over 100 members of staff to develop their basic digital skills, during the last year.

Denise Owen, Community Education Manager at Dysgu Bro, said, “I think the success of the project was getting workers involved from the start to design the course and having Managers on board who saw the need for staff to be computer literate. So far, 118 people have taken the course. Now, the TUC has given us a quality mark so our plan is to train more Council staff and possibly roll it out to other workplaces.”

Elen James, Ceredigion County Council’s Head of Youth Engagement and Continuing Education said, “We’re pleased that Managers have been able to release staff, mainly those working off site in care homes and at the waste management depots to attend the courses during work time. Our role was to provide the facilities and the tutors to deliver the sessions. Digiskills Champions were created and were instrumental in rolling out the training. It is an example of how partnerships within the workplace can deliver learning opportunities to other sectors that can be hard to reach.”

Whilst working together, the digital skill needs of colleagues were identified and a range of initiatives were co-designed, aimed at building the skills and confidence of the workforce. The result was five sessions of short, flexible workshops. The sessions were designed to address the skills needed for work and home life. A session on online forms helped staff use the Council’s online Human Resources system.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, said “It was a delight to be at the awards ceremony to support the staff who have worked hard on developing digital literacy.”
The Inspire! Adult Learning Awards is the centre-piece of Adult Learners’ Week and an opportunity for the sector to celebrate the achievements of learners and organisations.