With another cohort of 200 students set to complete Cam wrth Gam’s training course and achieve a level 3 qualification, the independent consultant, Cefin Campbell, from 'Spectrum' has prepared a comprehensive evaluation of the training scheme which is a subsidiary of by Mudiad Meithrin.
The purpose and aim of 'Cam Wrth Gam' is to train 200 practitioners a year to a level 3 qualification (which is accredited by CACHE) to be able to work in childcare and early years education settings. To date, 'Cam Wrth Gam' has trained over 1600 practitioners able to work in the early years sector through the medium of Welsh.
Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin said:
"The independent evaluation confirms that ‘Cam Wrth Gam’ has made a major contribution to achieving the objectives of the Welsh Government; in particular elements of the Welsh Medium Education Strategy which relates to training practitioners to work in the Foundation Phase through the medium of Welsh. If Welsh language education and care are to grow and flourish in the future, there must be significant investment in the growth of Welsh medium early years education and at the same time ensuring that enough qualified practitioners are available to meet the need. It seems that ‘Cam wrth Gam’s is answering that need fully and I congratulate all those involved with the work".
Harri Jones, Director of 'Cam Wrth Gam’ added:
"It is encouraging to see an independent evaluation that recognizes and values the work that ‘Cam Wrth Gam’ achieves and that the objectives of the Welsh Government and Mudiad Meithrin are met by creating a workforce of qualified staff who can work within the early years education and childcare sector. The fact that we offer the course across 5 geographical locations, the intensive support provided by field staff and the vocational element at the cylch meithrin, the nursery or school are vital components".
The main findings of the independent evaluation by Cefin Campbell on the 'Cam Wrth Gam' national training scheme are:
- That Cam Wrth Gam has the capacity to provide training for the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Care, Learning and Child Development throughout Wales;
- That ‘Cam Wrth Gam’ has a powerful marketing plan and strategy that uses various methods of advertising the training course that has attracted a response from an average of over 420 potential candidates over the last three years;
- That the plan has a thorough recruitment process that will ensure that the best candidates are selected and that the highest standards are maintained;
- That the scheme is able to provide suitable work experience placements to the candidates and those in areas that are within reasonable reach;
- That the candidates are supported by a team of skilled and experienced assessors which provide high quality support and advice;
- That the scheme includes rigorous management and quality assurance systems which have been recognised as good practice by CACHE
- That the training course has history of relative success in securing jobs to applicants who have completed the course;
You can read the evaluation report by clicking here: