As in previous years, library staff in Wales are able to apply for funding to undertake a range of qualifications and training/career development needs. The bursaries are available for qualifications from Level 2 upwards (i.e. from the Certificate in LAIS) to Level 7 (Masters) and include the Foundation Degree and its conversion to a BSc and the PDA in ICTL (Professional Development Award in ICT in Libraries).
There are also bursaries for people wishing to undertake the Assessor and Verifier award training, and leadership development. These bursaries are one element of the workforce strand of the Libraries Inspire strategy, the Welsh Government’s strategy for libraries 2012-16. The funding allocated to this each year is finite, so once it’s gone it’s gone (i.e. don’t dilly-dally around, speak to your employer and the course provider and get an application in!)
If you currently work in a Welsh library you are eligible. How you apply depends on what qualification you are interested in. Read the Library Workforce Development Grants 2013-14 document on the CyMAL website for more information.
If you have any queries get in touch with myself or my colleague Velma Hather – contact details are in the document.
CyMAL also runs a cross-sector (i.e. museums, archives and libraries) free training programme. Upcoming courses and dates are listed on the training pages of the CyMAL website. Some of these may be of interest to library staff in Wales.