Mae SkillsActive Cymru wedi cytuno rhaglen o waith ar y cyd â Chwaraeon Cymru a fydd yn fodd i gyflwyno rhaglen helaeth tros y flwyddyn sydd ar ddod. Mae'n bleser hefyd gan SkillsActive Cymru eu bod wedi sicrhau cyllid gan Gynllun Peilot Cronfa Blaenoriaethau Sector Llywodraeth Cymru (SPFP) er mwy datblygu defnyddiau dysgu ac addysgu arloesol ar gyfer y cymhwyster lefel 3 Egwyddorion Gwaith Chwarae ar Waith (P3).
Bydd y buddsoddiad gan Chwaraeon Cymru yn dylanwadu'n llesol iawn ar ddarpariaeth Cynllun Busnes SkillsActive Cymru 2012-13 a bydd yn sicrhau ymwneud llawn gan gyflogwyr Cymru drwy'r holl sector Hamdden Egnïol, Dysgu a Lles.
Bydd cyllid Chwaraeon Cymru yn mynd tuag at nifer o fentrau y mae SkillsActive Cymru eisoes wedi dechrau eu gweithredu. Mae'r rhain yn cynnwys:
• Cynhyrchu Adroddiad Blynyddol ar Gyflwr y Diwydiant ar gyfer Cymru, a fydd yn trafod bylchau a phrinderau penodol i'r sector
• Datblygu Un Fframwaith Cymwysterau wedi ei lunio a'i gytuno gyda phrif randdeiliaid yng Nghymru
• Cynnydd yn nifer aelodau REP Cymru (Cofrestr y gweithwyr ymarfer proffesiynol) o 1000 i 1100, a chynnydd o 10% yn nifer y cyflogwyr yng Nghymru sy'n cofrestru gydag REP a chynnydd o 5% yn nifer yr hyfforddwyr sydd â chymhwyster lefel 3.
• Hyrwyddo pwysigrwydd Pasbortau 'Active' ar draws y sector.
Dyma'r sylw a gafwyd gan Richard Todd, Rheolwr SkillsActive, ynglŷn â buddsoddiad Chwaraeon Cymru:
"Mae SkillsActive Cymru wedi cynnal perthynas weithio iach gyda Chwaraeon Cymru ers oddeutu 10 mlynedd. Bydd y gweithgareddau y cytunwyd iddynt fod yn rhan o'r rhaglen hon yn dylanwadu'n llesol iawn ar Weledigaeth Chwaraeon Cymru ar gyfer Chwaraeon ac yn enwedig hefyd yr 'elfen o weithlu medrus a llawn angerdd', ac ar y cyd-destun strategol sydd wedi ei amlinellu yn nogfen Llywodraeth Cymru 'Creu Cymru Egnïol."
Bydd Cynllun Peilot Cronfa Blaenoriaethau Sector Llywodraeth Cymru y mae SkillsActive Cymru hefyd wedi llwyddo i'w sicrhau, yn gymorth anferthol gyda chyflenwi hyfforddiant gwaith chwarae ledled Cymru, trwy sicrhau bod sgiliau a hyfforddiant digonol gan y gweithlu a bod ganddynt yr adnoddau cywir.
Nod y prosiect yw datblygu a chwblhau defnyddiau dysgu ac addysgu dwyieithog ar gyfer y cymhwyster Lefel 3 a ddatblygwyd yn ddiweddar, sef 'Egwyddorion Gwaith Chwarae ar Waith' project aims to develop and finalise bilingual learning and teaching materials for the recently (P3).
Bydd y cyllid yn fodd i SkillsActive Cymru arwain y gwaith o ddatblygu cyfres gyflawn o adnoddau ar gyfer y Dyfarniad, y Dystysgrif a'r Diploma a fydd yn hyrwyddo dysgu o'r radd flaenaf. Bydd hyfforddwyr sy'n darparu cymwysterau Gwaith Chwarae Lefel 2 ar hyn o bryd yn cael eu huwchsgilio hefyd, a fydd yn fodd iddynt fwrw ymlaen â darparu lefel 3 ar raddfa eang ledled Cymru.
Dyma'r sylw a gafwyd ynglŷn â chyllid ar gyfer gwaith chwarae gan Debbie Willett, Rheolwr Technegol SkillsActive, Gwledydd Prydain:
"Mae Mesur Plant a Theuluoedd (Cymru) yn gosod dyletswydd ar bob awdurdod lleol i ddarparu digon o gyfleoedd i chwarae ar gyfer plant a phobl ifanc a bydd yn creu mwy o alw am gymwysterau yn y sector gwaith chwarae. Felly, bydd y prosiect hwn yn dylanwadu'n gadarnhaol ar y datblygiad strategol hwn a bydd yn gyfraniad sylweddol at fynd i'r afael â'r prinderau sgiliau sy'n bodoli ledled Cymru."
Mae darparu cymwysterau gwaith chwarae yn dal i fod yn ei ddyddiau cynnar yng Nghymru, felly bydd cynhyrchu'r adnoddau hyn yn dylanwadu'n llesol iawn ar ddatblygiad y seilwaith gwaith chwarae. Yn y pen draw, bydd dysgwyr yn elwa ar y datblygiadau hyn a byddant yn gallu datblygu ymhellach ar eu sgiliau gwaith chwarae.
Bydd y buddsoddiadau yn dod ag amrywiaeth gyflawn o fanteision i'r sectorau chwaraeon, ffitrwydd a gwaith chwarae yng Nghymru, rhai y bydd y gweithlu a'r cyhoedd yn ogystal yn elwa arnynt.
SkillsActive Wales has agreed a mutual programme of work with Sport Wales which will enable the delivery of an extensive programme over the coming year. SkillsActive Wales is also happy to have secured funding from the Welsh Government Sector Priorities Fund Pilot (SPFP) to develop innovative learning and teaching materials for the level 3 Playwork Principles into Practice (P3) qualification.
The investment from Sport Wales will have a positive impact on the delivery of the SkillsActive Wales Business Plan 2012-13 and will ensure the full involvement of Welsh employers across the Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being sector.
The Sport Wales funding will go towards a number of initiatives which SkillsActive Wales has already begun to implement. These include:
• The production of an Annual State of the Industry Report for Wales, exploring sector specific gaps and shortages
• The development of a Single Qualification Framework, produced and agreed with key stakeholders in Wales
• An increase in REPs Wales members from 1000 to 1100, plus a 10% increase in the number of Welsh employers registering with REPs and a 5% increase in the number of instructors holding a level 3 qualification
• Promoting the importance of Active Passports across the sector.
In relation to the Sport Wales investment, SkillsActive Manager Richard Tobutt commented:
"SkillsActive Wales has maintained a healthy working relationship with Sport Wales for around 10 years. The activities agreed as part of this programme will positively impact on both the Sport Wales Vision for Sport, and particularly the 'skilled and passionate workforce strand', and the strategic context outlined in the Welsh Government 'Creating an Active Wales' document."
The Welsh Government Sector Priorities Fund Pilot also secured by SkillsActive Wales will massively assist playwork training delivery across Wales, by ensuring that the workforce is adequately skilled, trained and possesses the correct resources.
The project aims to develop and finalise bilingual learning and teaching materials for the recently developed Level 3 qualification entitled 'Playwork Principles into Practice' (P3).
The funding will allow SkillsActive Wales to lead the development of a full suite of resources for the Award, Certificate and Diploma which will promote high quality learning. Trainers currently delivering level 2 Playwork qualifications will also be upskilled, allowing them to progress the wide scale delivery of level 3 across Wales.
Concerning playwork funding, SkillsActive Technical Manager, Home Countries, Debbie Willets comments:
"The Children and Families (Wales) Measure places a duty on each local authority to provide sufficient play opportunities for children and young people and will increase the demand for qualifications within the playwork sector. Therefore, this project will have a positive impact on this strategic development and will go some of the way to address the skills shortages that exist across Wales."
Playwork qualification delivery is in its infancy in Wales, therefore the production of these resources will have a positive impact on the development of the playwork infrastructure. Ultimately, learners will benefit from these developments and will be able to further develop their playwork skills.
The investments will bring a whole range of benefits to the sport, fitness and playwork sectors in Wales, benefitting both the workforce and the general public.
As far as we are aware, this is the first time that a government has made it a statutory duty to provide play opportunities for their younger citizens.
The Play Sufficiency Duty comes as part of the Welsh Governments anti-poverty agenda which recognises that children can have a poverty of experience, opportunity and aspiration, and that this kind of poverty can affect children from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds across Wales.
Congratulations to Play Wales staff who have worked closely with the Welsh Government to reach this goal.
The new Dragon Multi-Skills and Sport blueprint, for children at key stages 1 and 2 (primary school ages 5-11), will be used in schools, sports clubs and community settings such as leisure centres.
A similar scheme is already run in Canada, New Zealand and Australia where practitioners have found a good grounding in basic agility, balance and co-ordination skills leads to greater competency, and enjoyment, across all sports.
Chair of Sport Wales, Laura McAllister, said: "We want more children playing sport to a higher standard and more children having the skills to take part in sport and physical activity through their lives.
"It's important that children have the right skills as young as possible because it sets them on the path for better sporting experiences.
"At the moment we have pockets of excellent practice in developing the skills of children but we want to make that consistent across the board."
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Bydd Chwarae Cymru a The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) yn helpu SkillsActive Cymru i fynd i’r afael â chynnydd disgwyliedig yn y galw am gymwysterau yn y sector gwaith chwarae yng Nghymru.
Mae SkillsActive Cymru wedi sicrhau tua £235,000 o gyllid y Llywodraeth o Raglen Beilot Cronfa Flaenoriaethau’r Sector i ddatblygu cymwysterau ar lefel Gwobr, Tystysgrif a Diploma ar gyfer Rhoi Egwyddorion Gwaith Chwarae ar Waith. Mae Chwarae Cymru a SQA wedi’u penodi i arwain trosglwyddiad y prosiect.
Meddai rheolwr SkillsActive Cymru Richard Tobutt: “Eisoes, mae’r sector Gwaith Chwarae yn wynebu prinder sgiliau sylweddol yng Nghymru. Bydd hyn yn siŵr o waethygu pan ddaw deddfau i rym yn 2012 a fydd yn gofyn i bob awdurdod lleol ddarparu cyfleoedd chwarae digonol i blant a phobl ifanc.
“Rydym yn falch bod ein cais am y cyllid hwn wedi bod yn llwyddiannus, ac y bydd gweithwyr chwarae yn cael cyfle i ennill y cymwysterau lefel uwch hyn.”
Bydd y cymwysterau newydd yn cael eu rhoi ar y FfCCh ar Lefel 3 ac fe’i bwriedir ar gyfer gweithwyr chwarae a staff gofal plant sy’n dymuno symud i’r cam nesaf ar ôl cwblhau’r gyfres o gymwysterau P3 Lefel 2 sy’n bodoli eisoes. Bydd Chwarae Cymru hefyd yn creu ystod o adnoddau dysgu arloesol.
SkillsActive Wales has secured about £235,000 of Government funding from the Sector Priority Fund Pilot to develop qualifications at Award, Certificate and Diploma levels for Playwork Principles into Practice. Play Wales and the SQA have been appointed to lead the delivery of the project.
SkillsActive Wales manager Richard Tobutt says: “The Playwork sector is already facing a significant skills shortage in Wales. This will be compounded by laws introduced in 2012 requiring each local authority to provide sufficient play opportunities for children and young people.
“We are really pleased that our bid for this funding has been successful and that playworkers will now have the opportunity to access these higher level qualifications.”
The new qualifications will be placed on the QCF at Level 3 and are intended for playworkers and childcare staff wanting to progress from the existing suite of P3 qualifications at Level 2.
Developed by SkillsActive in consultation with leading employers, the programme is designed to attract learners keen for a career in the sport and active leisure industry.
The first group of students begun the programme in September 2011 and will spend their first year studying a combination of core and optional qualifications at Level 2.
The programme supports the strategic approach set out in the Welsh Government ‘Skills That Work for Wales’ strategy. It is being delivered by further education institutions such as Coleg Sir Gar, Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Llandrillo and Cardiff and Vale College.
English apprenticeship providers and employers acting on the behalf of apprentices will soon be able to request Apprenticeship certificates online.
The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils is now the Certifying Authority for England using the Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) system, following changes to the Apprenticeship certification system.
From 10 February 2012, apprenticeship providers / employers acting on the behalf of apprenticeswill be able to use the ACE online system to request certificates from sector skills bodies (SSBs) and sector skills councils (SSCs), such as SkillsActive.
SSBs and SSCs will then issue Apprenticeship certificates, providing the Apprenticeship framework requirements have been met.
• On 10 February 2012, SkillsActive will begin issuing Apprenticeship certificates via ACE
• SkillsActive will continue to issue certificates against claims submitted on the current paper based system until 31 March 2012.
• After 1 April 2012, SkillsActive will only accept requests from people registered on the ACE system
To request a certificate using the ACE system, please register on the ACE website. SkillsActive will issue a username and password to you within 5 – 7 working days.
If you request an Apprenticeship certificate using the ACE system, you will receive the new certificates with gold (higher apprenticeship), silver (advanced apprenticeship) or bronze (intermediate apprenticeship) foil seals. If you use the paper based system, you will receive the older version of the certificate.
• Apprenticeship certification claims submitted via the paper based system until 31 March 2012 – £25
• Apprenticeship certification claims submitted via ACE – £22
activepassports to link with ACE
SkillsActive is working to integrate activepassports into the ACE certification process.
Providers will soon be able to use activepassports to track a linked apprentice’s qualifications and the new statutory Guided Learning Hour requirement.
Following further development, it is hoped activepassport will populate ACE with the required certification information. This will enable providers to better track and manage their apprentices and, ultimately, help streamline the certification process.
Please keep an eye on your email inbox for further details, including activepassport package pricing.
The Skills Funding Agency has advised SkillsActive that the ERR awards will no longer have a value on Learning Aims Reference Application as stand alone qualifications. However, the Skills Funding Agency has calculated an enhanced amount of funding into the competence qualification's (NVQ) funding to cover the delivery of the ERR component of the framework in our sector.
The funding has not disappeared – it is still there but has been captured in the main component of the framework.
SkillsActive apologies if this change has caused concern. However, it was brought in without advance consultation. We hope this notice allays your concerns.
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