A West Wales specialist care provider which prides itself on its approach to learning and staff development at all stages of their career pathway, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Inspiration Lifestyle Services in Carmarthen, which has previously achieved an Investors in People gold award, cares for individuals with learning disabilities and co-existing mental health conditions, through both residential and domiciliary practice across South Wales.
Fourteen apprentices are included in the company’s 62 employees who are all highly trained to meet the diverse needs of its clients. Over the last five years, the company has employed 35 apprentices.
Now Inspiration Lifestyle Services has been shortlisted for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
The company will be competing to become Medium Employer of the Year at the awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on November 9. The annual awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers, tutors and assessors who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship Programmes.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the coveted awards are supported by media partner, Media Wales.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund. Thirty star employers, learners and learning providers from across Wales have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
PRP Training works with Inspiration Lifestyle Services to deliver Apprenticeship Programmes ranging from Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Health and Social Care at Levels 2 and 3 to Diplomas in Leadership and Management for Care Services at Level 5 and Team Leading Level 2.
“Employee learning and development is vital to ensure that our service users’ needs are consistently met and therefore Apprenticeship Programmes are prominent within our workforce,” said Ben Jones, human resources director at Inspiration Lifestyle Services.
“We ensure that we have succession plans in place for staff progression and are committed to developing and promoting our own staff as a priority. Many staff who undertake Apprenticeship Programmes transcend into higher level learning and progress within their careers.”
Following a probationary period when joining the company, all staff are offered the chance to work towards a QCF, regardless of experience or whether they work full or part time hours. They are also encouraged to develop their Welsh language skills throughout their learning journey.
Laura Barrett, business development assessor at PRP Training, praised Inspiration Lifestyle Services’ investment in and commitment to the development of its employees.
“The overall ethos and practice of ILS is an excellent example and one which PRP Training would like to see rewarded,” she said.
Congratulating Inspiration Lifestyle Services on being shortlisted for an award, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said: “Apprenticeship Awards Cymru showcase the success of the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeships and Traineeships Programmes and the achievements of our star apprentices, employers, learning providers and trainees.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for individuals to gain valuable skills and experience while earning a wage and for employers to ensure their workforce has the skills to future proof a business.
“Increasing higher level skills and developing skills pathways that benefit the whole of Wales have never been more important.”