Bursaries for library staff in Wales available

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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.

About alysontyler

Civil servant, yoga teacher and former librarian.
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4 Responses to Bursaries for library staff in Wales available

  1. ntombifuthi says:

    i want to ask that if im currently doing library and information science iam not eligable to apply for this busary.

  2. Kathryn Parry says:

    Hi Alyson, I found your blog today and just wanted to say thankyou for the information you posted about bursaries. I happen to be going to Prif Ysgol Aberystwyth on saturday because I would like to apply to study an MSc Information and Library Studies, and your links have clarified a few points for me. They have also made me feel slightly more excited/nervous!! (Currently working in a library in Denbighshire and learning Welsh..)

    • alysontyler says:

      Hi Kathryn, I’m glad the blog has been useful. If you have any further queries about library related issues, please get in touch with me in work so that I can help you. Good luck if you take the course! I did it, many moons ago now…

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