Thomas Hearne, a Refuse Driver for Caerphilly County Borough Council has successfully completed the workplace skills initiative; Essential Skills in the Workplace.

A former Military man, Thomas has worked for Caerphilly County Borough Council for more than 20 years. During which time he was skilled in avoiding paperwork and tasks which required him to read or write extensive documents.

Thomas was joined by four of his colleagues from the Refuse team who also worked towards completing the course provided by the National Training Federation Wales.

Jon Hughes from Talk training said,

“We are proud to have been involved in the Essential Skills in the Workplace Project, which has been delivered in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales, as all five learners will be progressing to a higher level of learning”.

The employees were presented with their certificates of achievement in a special ceremony by the Deputy Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council Cllr. David Carter.

During the ceremony Thomas explained why he felt the project worked well;

“I felt so at ease when I met my tutor for the first time, not once did I feel small or humiliated as I had done in the past. What I learned in a matter of weeks was truly amazing and I just wish that I had has this opportunity years ago. It is thanks to the support of my manager and tutors that I am able to go forward in both in my professional and personal life with great confidence.”

Cllr. David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services, added,

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the staff who have successfully completed the Essential Skill Course. As an authority we are committed to developing skills in the workplace across our entire workforce to ensure staff are qualified to deliver high quality services to our residents. It is important that the dedication of the employees who undertake continuous professional development courses is recognised and applauded.”

Funding has been awarded for the staff training scheme by the Welsh Government’s Local Service Board (LSB) initiative, which is backed by the European Social Fund and aims to maximise the impact of public services through collaborative projects.