Award finalist Hayley brings out the best in an ever-evolving sector
Staying one step ahead in an ever-evolving industry has kept Hayley Lewis at the forefront of work-based learning in the Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) sector.
Through continuous professional development and a person-centred approach, Hayley, from Haverfordwest, is a respected member of the Health and Social Care team at TSW, in Bridgend, where she delivers a range of courses.
Now Hayley has been shortlisted for the Work-based Learning Assessor of the Year Award at next month’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, the annual celebration of outstanding achievement in training and apprenticeships.
Thirty-four finalists in a dozen categories are in the running for the prestigious awards which will be presented at a high-profile ceremony at the new International Convention Centre Wales, Newport on October 24.
The awards showcase the successes of the best learners, employers, tutors and assessors in Wales who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru has Openreach, the UK’s digital network business, as its premier sponsor this year. The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
With 13 years of experience in work-based learning, Hayley has developed a “strong but supportive” method that brings the best out of her learners through both one-to-one assessments in the workplace and by facilitating workshops.
She draws on the excellent range and depth of her occupational knowledge to ensure that changes to legislation are understood by learners and contextualised to the specific nature of their workplace, a particular strength for those working with vulnerable children and young people.
“I am passionate about using my teaching and assessment skills in combination with my expertise within a sector which is often undervalued,” said Hayley, 51. “Part of my role as an assessor is working in partnership with stakeholders and I pride myself on developing and maintaining professional relationships with my team, employers and learners alike.
“I believe learning should be meaningful, enjoyable and engaging, providing suitable stretch and challenge to ensure that, as managers within the Health and Social Care sector, their own practice has an invaluably positive impact on children and young people.”
Hayley engages with employers from the earliest stages of learning programmes so that effective support is in place for learners and that programmes are suitably tailored to meet their needs.
“Hayley not only consistently delivers for her learners but is constantly sharing her best practices with her peers so that the sector as a whole is benefiting from her wealth of experience and expertise,” said Toni Hughes, TSW’s Quality Development Lead.
Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, congratulated Hayley and all the other shortlisted finalists.
“Our Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes are helping increasing numbers of people to gain the skills and experience that we know businesses across all sectors of the economy in Wales really need,” he said.
“The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and showcase the achievements of everyone involved in those programmes from our star apprentices and employers, to learning providers and trainees.”