On Monday, August 3 at 1.30, Wales's First Minister, Carwyn Jones launched an exciting new venture for Mudiad Meithrin called academi. The main objective of this new scheme is to provide learning, development and training opportunitites for all staff and volunteers who make up Mudiad Meithrin.
Dona Lewis, Mudiad Meithrin Deputy Chief Executive said:
“academi is a new venture for Mudiad Meithrin which will provide new and original opportunities for the Welsh-medium early years workforce and volunteer community. It supports the Welsh Government's ten year vision of an up-skilled and professional bilingual workforce."
The academi scheme will provide a home to all relevant learning, development and training opportunities within Mudiad Meithrin. Mudiad has benefitted from expert support and advice provided by Alwen Williams, a BT Group Member of staff (who is also a Member of BT Cymru's Board) academi will also establish partnerships with key external organisations to ensure that information on a wide range of subjects is available to over 3000 staff and volunteers.
academi will also travel the length and breadth of Wales encouraging young people to develop a career in the early years and will recognise and celebrate best practice at the grass roots to raise standards and confidence amongst the workforce. After the initial research and development stage, it is hoped that academi will expand its work in order to offer training opportunities to the early years sector as a whole drawing on Mudiad Meithrin's expertise in the Welsh-medium sector".
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said:
“A highly skilled early years workforce is a priority for the Welsh Government and I’m therefore pleased to launch this important new venture, which recognises the learning needs and training required by the sector. An experienced bilingual workforce is so important to securing the provision of childcare and education of the highest standard across the country. I look forward to seeing Mudiad Meithrin use their expertise with others in the childcare and play sector.”