Are you working in a Welsh library service and looking to improve your qualifications? You may be eligible for a workforce development bursary to help you improve your skills. Bursaries are available for vocational qualifications (Level 2, the old ‘NVQ’) up 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). Or you may be thinking about a leadership qualification.
More information about the workforce bursaries is available on the CyMAL grant webpage – read the workforce development document. Information about course providers is in the document, but in Wales we are very fortunate to have three excellent institutions offering a range of appropriate qualifications: Coleg Llandrillo (under Grwp Llandrillo Menai), Glyndwr University, and Aberystwyth University. (Other course providers in the UK may also be appropriate.) Most courses will start in September, so get looking and planning!
You may wish to look at the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base of CILIP, which maps the essential skills for library and information professionals.
These bursaries are part 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.
If you have any queries get in touch the workforce adviser 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.