Cabinet Members Cllr Eudine Hanagan joined Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates to celebrate the award
Dedicated Council staff who are committed to supporting people to live as independently as possible in their own homes, have been celebrated for developing their skills with a prestigious award.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Home Care Service was presented with the prestigious Employer Pledge Award for showing real commitment to go the extra mile to identify and support staff to develop their essential skills.
Presented by Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates at RhonddaHeritagePark, the Essential Skills in the Workplace programme provides free training and support to employers.
The programme delivers a tailor-made training programme at a time and venue that is suitable for the employer and employee alike.
The Essential Skills in the Workplace programme is part-supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), and those employers who go above and beyond to show their dedication to improving essential skills can receive the Employer Pledge Award.
In Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the programme has enabled employees to communicate more effectively, become more confident, improve team working and become multi-skilled, which gives greater flexibility.
Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology said,“The Essential Skills in the Workplace programme has helped people across Wales to feel more confident in the way they apply their skills in the workplace, boosting both their motivation and performance.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone at RCT’s Home Care Services on what they have achieved through the Essential Skills in the Workplace Programme, and their success in obtaining the Employer Pledge Award.”
The training provided to the Home Care team was relevant to the needs of the business with the programme being tailored specifically for the staff.
Since March 2012, 75 Home Care employees have completed a City & Guilds, Essential Skills Wales Communication qualification and many also completed the Agored Cymru qualifications.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Human Resources and Service Improvement Cllr Clayton Willis said, “The award of the Employer Pledge Award is recognition of the support that management have encouraged staff to improve their skills.
”It is very much a respected award given to employers who show real commitment to developing individuals in the workplace and we congratulate all those who have succeeded in attaining this level.
“Staff said they thoroughly enjoyed the training and were grateful for the opportunity. Many staff have acknowledged the increase in their confidence both within and outside of the workplace setting. Many have built further on their learning and achievements, undertaking further qualifications.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Home Care service assists those who are finding it difficult to manage with their personal care needs and help individuals cope with daily living. Each of the individuals are assessed by their needs and referred to the service to see how they can assist.
For example, an individual may need help with getting up and getting dressed, help at meal times or other personal care needs that an individual no longer manage themselves. This may be as a result of a disability or illness or loss of mobility through advanced age. In most cases, this service is offered to people who would otherwise have to leave their own homes and live in residential care.
Sometimes, help in the home can be arranged for a short period while people are settling back at home after a stay in hospital, or to give the person caring for you a break from their responsibilities.