WIELD Workplace Initiative for Employee Learning & Development

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It Pays to Learn

Improve your skills for free

  • Do you want to learn basic computer skills?
  • Would improved reading and writing skills give you more opportunities at work?
  • Do you need greater skills to operate in a multicultural workplace or respond to customers' changing needs?
  • Czy szkolenie w jezyku angielskim pomogloby Ci w pracy?

Trade union members now have the opportunity to improve their skills for free. The Workplace Initiative for Employee Learning & Development (WIELD) has been set up by Congress, in partnership with FAS, to help individual workers improve both their skills and their job prospects.

Everybody gains from education, but employees have the most to gain. Better skills mean better pay and conditions. When you upgrade your skills, or develop new ones, your career prospects improve immediately. The higher the skill, the higher the wage and the greater the opportunities - it really is that simple.

For example, computers are crucial to the modern workplace. So, people with computer skills will always be preferred for promotion, over those without such skills. Equally, improved reading and writing skills will allow you to operate and work at a higher level.

And completing one course opens the door to further development: basic computer skills can quickly become advanced computer skills.

Most workers are anxious to learn new skills but too often it is difficult to find the time or even the course that suits their needs. By working with individual unions and companies, WIELD will help overcome these obstacles.

Among the unions currently participating are: Amicus, ATGWU, CWU, Mandate, TEEU, SIPTU and UCATT.

You can get more information about the opportunities offered by WIELD through your workplace rep, or your union office. You can also contact the WIELD office directly at: or telephone Barbara Keogh, Project Manager on: 01 889 7721.

Courses on offer

The following are among the courses currently on offer:

  • ICT
  • English Language Training
  • Basic Skills
  • Equality, Diversity and Customer Service
  • Teamworking
  • Union Learning Representatives

The training courses will be delivered by FAS-approved trainers and will be accredited as appropriate.


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