Workforce development

All professionals should be encouraged to identify their skills and strengths as well as identify where they need additional training or support. Within the authority there are increasing opportunities for staff continuous professional development as well as placements and volunteering opportunities. Please click on the appropriate link below for more information.

Participation Standards Workshops

My name is Lee Kabza and I am a Youth Participation Worker with Caerphilly Youth Forum. I would like to offer my services to run workshops with the young people and workers in your project/club/voluntary org to raise awareness of the National Participation Standards. I also have a team of Young Inspectors who are in the process of carrying out inspections of a whole variety of Youth Services in the Borough.

We are on the look-out for more services to undertake the Inspection process and hopefully be awarded the “National Participation Kitemark." So if you are interested and would like me to run sessions or would like any more information on the National Participation Standards or Caerphilly Young Inspectors please contact Lee Kabza, Youth Participation Worker, Caerphilly Youth Forum

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  • Direct Line - 01443 863323

Flying Start

We are working with the Childcare and Early Years Team to develop a Workforce Strategy for early years, childcare and play workforce to ensure that we have sufficient well-trained staff to run all our registered childcare and play settings in Caerphilly county borough.

Early Years and Childcare

In Caerphilly County Borough, our priorities are to have a qualified, flexible, well-supported, safe, sustainable workforce for the Early Years, Childcare and Play Sector. Working effectively with children requires a specific set of skills. It is a responsible role, which can be very rewarding.

Social Care Partnership

The Caerphilly County Borough Social Care Partnership was established in 2002 to represent the social care workforce in the county borough. This includes staff in the voluntary, independent and statutory sectors. The partnership is led by the council and informed by the commissioners of services.

Through a planned approach to training, and by seeking to increase the take-up of training, the partnership increases the proportion of staff across the whole social care sector with the qualifications, skills and knowledge they need for the work they do.

 Equalities training

Caerphilly County Borough Council offers its staff, elected members and the staff of partner organisations from the health, police and voluntary sectors, a range of Equalities training, from awareness sessions on various issues to conversational language classes in Welsh and various levels of British Sign Language ability.

Courses offered currently include:-

  • Age Awareness
  • Age Proofing ServicesBasic Skills Awareness
  • Conversational British Sign Language courses, from taster Courses up to the different NVQ level year courses
  • Conversational Welsh classes ranging from short taster courses to full 30 week qualifications, up to and including 'A' level
  • Deaf Awareness
  • Deafblind Awareness
  • Disability Awareness
  • Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dysprxia Awareness
  • Equalities in Policy Development
  • General Equalities Awareness
  • Intergenerational Working Course
  • Involving Older People Course
  • Maximising Income – "I know a man who can"
  • Race Equality Awareness
  • Religious Awareness
  • Visual Impairment Awareness

and a wider selection of equalities courses are currently being planned for 2010 onwards on many other specific aspects of Equalities not listed above, as the range of duties on the council expands following new legislation.

To find out more about training or to book a course, please telephone

Blaenau Gwent / Caerphilly - Workforce Development

Do you work in family support or children’s services and are able to access training through the Social Services team?

As of the 1st April 2012 the Social Services training teams from the two local authorities and partnerships of Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly have integrated. Previously they would have been known as the Workforce Development Team for Blaenau Gwent, and the Learning and Development Team for Caerphilly.


Would you like to use your skills to help your local community? The GAVO volunteer bureau has lots of opportunities for you to share your skills.

Through the provision of: -

  • Recruiting Volunteers and providing a comprehensive service to the Volunteers and user organisations.
  • Promoting opportunities for voluntary organisations to work together through participation
  • Encourage voluntary and statutory organisations to work together in planning new services
  • Responding to the needs of the Community by identifying unmet needs and developing new services.
  • Tel: 01443 863540
  • Website:

Adult Education

Would you like to gain a qualification and need a work placement? We may be available to support you find the right placement. Please use the online directory to search for relevant opportunities.

There are various learning opportunities for adult learners through community education. Please use the online directory to find out more.

If you believe your education finishes when you leave school or university, then you should think again. Adult and community learning in Caerphilly county borough is huge and exceptionally varied in what it offers to the general public. From computer courses to pottery classes, there's an opportunity out there for anyone who wants to continue to learn, whatever your age, ability, or interest.

So if you fancy learning a new skill, want to pick up a hobby or you are an employer looking to get that competitive edge, take a look at our new 2012/13 programme of courses