Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds
Aug11

Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds

The Welsh Government’s have announced plans to offer free childcare for working parents. Working parents will benefit from 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks a year. Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer. For 9 weeks of the year,...

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CIPD Wales releases new events calendar
Aug03

CIPD Wales releases new events calendar

CIPD Wales has just launched their new calendar of events for HR professionals in Wales. You can download the full programme of CIPD Wales events here. CIPD members will already have received a brochure in the post, but the Head of CIPD Wales, Lesley Richards, is keen to stress that the events are open to anyone working at any level within the HR profession, whether or not they are studying for or have a CIPD qualification. There are...

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Welsh start-up helps recruiters face up to Right to Work challenges
Jul27

Welsh start-up helps recruiters face up to Right to Work challenges

Credas, a Cardiff-based technology start-up, is using real-time facial recognition technology to help companies speed up and simplify the process of ID verification, employee and client onboarding, whilst enabling companies to easily comply with Right to Work legislation. Launched in May 2017, Credas has developed a suite of products and services designed to cut the time and cost it takes to onboard staff by using real-time facial...

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18 year old Swansea web developer scoops Wales Region Rising Star Award
Jul27

18 year old Swansea web developer scoops Wales Region Rising Star Award

Thomas Design, one of the longest established design and marketing agencies in South Wales, has scooped the Wales Region Rising Star award in this year’s National Family Business Awards. The awards, which took place on 15 July 2017 in London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, recognised over 350 family business leaders and entrepreneurs – celebrating the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses. The Rising Star award was received...

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South Wales fast becoming UK ‘tech hub’, as digital jobs see regional boom
Jul27

South Wales fast becoming UK ‘tech hub’, as digital jobs see regional boom

  A recent report carried out by Tech City identified the significant growth of the UK tech sector, indicating that the UK may well be fast becoming Europe’s digital capital. This was supported by the digital tech investment in the UK, 50% more than any other European country. Despite London historically dominating the industry, Cardiff and Swansea are rising competitors. From opportunities to lifestyle, there are many reasons...

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Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!
Jul25

Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!

We’re told by VisitWales that we live in a land of legends, rich in storytelling! However, new research shows Welsh storytelling skills could extend to the workplace, as welsh workers admitted they were the most likely in Britain to tell porky pies at a job interview. The research, commissioned by professional CV-writing company Purple CV saw 21.7% of Welsh workers admitting they told lies during an interview – closely...

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Welsh fintech start-up helps charities worldwide

A social entrepreneur who wanted to combat the inefficient donation system for international charities met his business partner at an event which helped to bring the idea to reality; building a partnership with a donor which manages £100 million in funds, and working in international markets. In September 2016, Ben Joakim from Monmouthshire attended leading tech event, Digital where he crossed paths with Laura Bailey from Zerado,...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness
Jul06

Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness

  The need to improve employee health and wellbeing has for several years been acknowledged by many businesses as part of their developing protocols. While it’s now recognised that workplace environments and management culture have a major impact on employees’ health and wellbeing, at Bluestone National Park Resort the link between a healthy and happy staff and a positive business outcome has been adopted as part of its wider...

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Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser
Jul04

Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser

A leading Welsh property and construction firm has raised over £2,000 to help combat male suicide, the leading cause of death for men aged 20 to 49 across the UK, following the loss of a respected and popular co-worker. Jehu Group hosted a fundraising band night at popular Cardiff venue Tramshed in aid of suicide prevention charity CALM, which provides help to men who are down or in crisis, as well as support to those bereaved by...

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Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives
Jul04

Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives

A former front line combat medic awarded the DZ Award For Bravery in Afghanistan has found a way of putting her unique experiences to good use in a new role with one of the UK’s most innovative training companies. Francesca Burrows served on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during 12 years of service with the Army. She has now joined Call of the Wild, a multi-award winning management and leadership development company based in Neath,...

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Perks of the job: Bar 44 prides itself on jetting staff to all corners of Spain
Jun29

Perks of the job: Bar 44 prides itself on jetting staff to all corners of Spain

The Bar 44 Tapas y Copas Group has displayed once again why it is one of Cardiff’s best employers by surprising staff members across their restaurants with a once in a lifetime holiday in northern Spain. The ‘Bar 44 Road trip’ will see owners Owen and Tom Morgan take eight of their highest performing employees across the Galicia region, starting in the city of La Coruna, which is famed for its exceptional wine and world class seafood....

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South Wales HR Leaders discuss the importance of people management at a strategic level
Jun29

South Wales HR Leaders discuss the importance of people management at a strategic level

The South Wales HR Forum met last week on 21 June at the iconic Brains brewery in Cardiff, where they discussed the importance of people management strategy The event was sponsored by LHH Penna and was graphically facilitated by Eleanor Beer, whom South Wales HR Forum leader Mark Hendy describes as ‘simply remarkable to watch in action’. Delegates heard that the current business environment is changing at a pace most of us...

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HR in Wales? There will be hugs!
Jun19

HR in Wales? There will be hugs!

Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales, explains how Welsh passion is driving HR in the region – and that includes hugs! As the Head of the CIPD in Wales, my role can be quite varied, but there’s one thing that’s consistent: big, genuine, friendly hugs!  Some colleagues based outside Wales find it both amusing and bemusing – no air-kissing for us! However, there’s something else that I share with my Welsh HR colleagues...

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Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’
Jun15

Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’

The scale of challenges for Wales’ manufacturing heritage has been highlighted by a new GMB study, which reports that the region haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade.   The figures were discussed at GMB’s annual Congress in Plymouth between June 4 and 6. They show that 27,900 jobs in the sector disappeared from 2006 to 2016, a massive fall of 15%. [1] Between them the lost jobs have meant Wales...

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