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Coleg y Cymoedd Business Services

Coleg y Cymoedd Business & International Services

Our Business Services team provide a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, bespoke commercial training packages and access to national funding streams that support industry & business needs as well as conferencing, events and room hire.

Coleg y Cymoedd (meaning college of the valleys) was formed in 2013, following the merger of The College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg. Over 10,000 learners’ study at Coleg y Cymoedd each year with sites in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda (Llwynypia) and Ystrad Mynach.

The college offers a wide range of full and part time curriculum courses from Entry to Degree Level in over 15 different curriculum areas.

Working in partnership with more than 800 employers, the college’s Business Services team provide a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, bespoke commercial training packages and access to national funding streams that support industry & business needs as well as conferencing, events and room hire.

The college has invested significantly in its facilities in recent years, with standout projects including the Nantgarw Campus building (a £40 million award winning campus), Aberdare Campus (a £22 million campus opened in 2017) as well as state of the art railway, automotive and sport facilities.

Our Business Services department have a wide variety of training provisions that cover business and personal requirements. With a variety of flexible delivery options to suit commitments, we offer both short and long-term courses from CPD accredited to nationally recognised qualifications in a range of levels.

We're proud to say that we have appropriate training solutions for everyone, regardless of your employment status.

Business Services at Coleg y Cymoedd has a strong emphasis on engagement with external organisations, particularly employers to develop partnership opportunities.

The aim of developing these partnerships is to service the needs of businesses, enrich the experiences of learners and develop progression opportunities that focus on employment and apprenticeships.

We work with some of the leading employers in Wales, delivering training to their apprentices as well as developing bespoke training packages to meet industry needs. Our work with employers is based on a true partnership and collaboration, which is open, honest and evaluative.

Many partnerships have been in place for over 20 years. New partnership opportunities have been established, allowing for the growth and expansion of specialist facilities to offer first class training in centres equipped for industry.


ESF Upskilling@Work Project

In response to the crushing impact of COVID-19 on the economic wellbeing of Wales, Coleg y Cymoedd has come together with WEFO (Welsh European Funding Office) to develop a package of support to help and assist businesses and people during this time.

With support from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, we can now offer local businesses and self-employed people accredited training and development qualifications for their staff, that are 100% subsidised.

We are delighted to announce that with immediate effect, and expected to run until March 2022, this training is now available for qualifying companies. These include public, private and third sector organisations of any size, with a base in Wales, who have not already received more than 200,000 Euros in de minimis state aid over the last 3 fiscal years.

The training must be an approved and accredited qualification, and includes a range of competence based, work-related qualifications for all business sectors. There’s potential to gain these recognised qualifications without having to leave the workplace or miss any work!

Eligibility criteria does apply so please see the link for more information on this and the courses available, as well as registering your interest.

Personal Learning Account (PLA)

A Personal Learning Account is a new initiative from the Welsh Government, offering access to free and flexible courses to gain the relevant skills and qualifications needed to develop your career.

*Eligibility criteria does apply - see the link for more information on the eligibility.*

PLA funding can be used towards more than one course, but courses must not overlap and will need to be applied for separately.

PLA funding is also available to employers, to upskill the workforce - Please note, PLA funding cannot replace staff CPD.

With a wide range of industry sectors covered, the Personal Learning Account has allowed us to expand the opportunities we can offer as well as work with like-minded partners to deliver the latest courses and qualifications.

Essential Training Courses

Our training and e-learning courses/qualifications include tutor-led courses such as digital ILM awards, Health & Safety Awareness and IT essentials, with some that you can complete at your own pace.

We can provide essential training, with outstanding success rates. Our specialist training centres provide state-of-the-art facilities and industry recognised accreditation. We have a suite of qualifications available which includes: First Aid, CIPD (Levels 3 & 5), Accountancy (Level 4), Asbestos Awareness and Electrical Installations 18th Edition (with flexible exam options due to the current pandemic).

See the link for more information and choose from lists of Essential Short Courses, Industry Specific Training, Professional Development Programmes and more.

Talk to us today!

Matthew Watts
Employer Engagement Officer

Hi, I'm Matthew. Please feel free to get in touch with any training queries.

Whether you're a business owner, employed, self-employed or unemployed, it's likely that we have options for you that are flexible to fit around your current commitments.

You may think that you'll need to attend one of our campuses to complete a chosen course/qualification, but this isn't the case because a lot of our courses are delivered either in the workplace or online.

Generally, we have a funded option for the majority of training we provide, but if there's training you require that can't be funded, I will then look at the most cost-effective option for you.

If there's a training request for something we don't offer, we usually know a trusted third-party who can, so I'd happy to enquire on your behalf.

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