‘There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.’ ― Idowu Koyenikan
- What experiences led you to work for WD Trust?
I was fortunate in being able to undertake a Certificate, Diploma and then MA in Management Studies whilst working with these employers.
I have always had a commitment to learning, education and training, especially with young people, and was attracted to the Workforce Development Trust 13 years ago as an Apprenticeship Manager overseeing the development of frameworks and the certification process for learners and training providers.
- What does an average day look like for you?
Days can involve desk work such as reading, researching and writing reports, telephone meetings and calls with clients and team members, facilitating meetings or workshops as well the administrative duties we require for our work.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I am also fortunate in working with colleagues within the WDT who are talented, experienced and committed to their work and supportive in assisting me with my work too.
Having originally only worked with the health sector I have recently enjoyed working with the justice and finance sectors. This insight has made me realise that all employers face similar workforce issues including the recruitment and retention of good staff and being as efficient as they can be with reduced budgets and higher public and government expectations.
- What upcoming projects are you working on?
In the justice sector this has included working with the College of Policing on their new Policing Professional Profiles and developing new apprenticeship frameworks in Wales for the roles of Police Constable and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). Following on from this I have been assisting SFJ Awards in developing the PCSO End Point Assessment Guides for employers and apprentices.
- In a perfect world…
In a perfect world all people would have access to a meaningful job or role and equality of opportunity and access to education and training. I am encouraged that the new Welsh Police Constable apprenticeship programme already has over 100 new police recruits who commenced training in March. I hope that the work I have contributed to over the years, especially on various workforce and apprenticeship programmes will have enabled and continue to enable a significant number of people of all ages to develop via this route.