The Week That Was #280… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
Discussing how Covid redrew office plans with Property Week. Celebrating A Level success for Coleg y Cymoedd and Gower College Swansea. How universities can amp up their online learning offering for the post-Covid world. Sharing the dangers of undiagnosed Diabetes with the Olive Trust. Supporting staff to return to hospitality with Working Wales
Here's five peeks behind our week at Working Word...
1) Discussing how Covid redrew office plans with Property Week
Employers and employees want to return to safer, more spacious workspaces according to leading trade title, Property Week, but what will this look like in reality? We arranged for Robin Bayliss, Group Sales Director at office furniture manufacturer Bisley, to speak to Property Week journalist Noella Pio Kivlehan about his thoughts on the future post-pandemic office space.
Robin is quoted extensively in the piece discussing future trends and referencing recent deals the firm has completed, including selling 45,000 personal lockers to BT for all their UK employees, as well as a number of private anti-microbial modular pods which have been picked up by Eversheds in Manchester.
To read the article in full flip to page 31 of the latest issue.
2) Celebrating A Level success for Coleg y Cymoedd and Gower College Swansea
This week, we celebrated with learners and staff from Coleg y Cymoedd and Gower College Swansea for this year’s A-Level results day.
A-Level and vocational learners from Coleg y Cymoedd walked away with fantastic results despite a year of disruptions to their studies. Reporting live on the day, we shared the stories of learners and their amazing achievements despite all the odds.
We told the story of Leah Morgan from Bedwas who has achieved straight A*s to study nuclear medicine at Swansea University, Dylan Coundley-Hughes from Blackwood who will go on to study Biology at the University of Southampton after an impressive A*, A, A, and Ciara Bibey, who has earned an impressive set of A-level results at A*, A*, B, B after balancing her studies with working at her local McDonald’s restaurant.
These are only a handful of amazing A-level and vocational stories we told during results day. Read all about Coleg y Cymoedd’s results day success at BBC News, WalesOnline, The Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Mirror, Western Mail, South Wales Echo, and Caerphilly Observer to name a few.
Alongside Coleg y Cymoedd, we also shared the results day success for Gower College Swansea. The college recorded an overall pass rate of 99% at A-Level and 95% at AS Level. Vocational results were also exceptionally strong again this year with a 96% pass rate across Level 3 Extended Diplomas.
With strong A-Level and vocational results, around 1,000 students are set to continue their further education at university this September. Many of these learners are heading to the UK’s top universities, including Russell Group institutions, and six have secured a place at Oxford and Cambridge. One of the students heading to Cambridge is Swansea’s very own Dr Doolittle, 18-year-old Edan Reid, having achieved three A* in Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
To read more about Gower College Swansea’s results day success and more about Edan’s journey to veterinary medicine at Cambridge University, head to BBC News, The Guardian, WalesOnline, South Wales Evening Post and FE News. We also shared results day success through student and staff interviews, including principal Mark Jones, on The Wave.
3) How universities can amp up their online learning offering for the post-Covid world
As university staff and students prepare for a new academic year, many traditional institutions are retaining some form of online learning provision. But post-Covid, they will need to be sure their online offering is up to scratch.
We arranged for Professor Steve Davies, founder of online learning specialists Learna to outline the key steps universities need to take in order to improve their online services, for Education Technology.
In other news Learna also recently appointed a new non-Executive Director to lead business growth and expansion. Peter Horrocks, former Vice Chancellor of Open University, has also taken on the role as Board Chair. You can read more about it in Business Live.
4) Sharing the dangers of undiagnosed Diabetes with the Olive Trust
Undiagnosed diabetes can be life threatening but many people living with the condition are completely unaware. To raise awareness of this important issue, we worked with Wales Online to tell the story of our client, Denise Kingsley-Jones, founder of Welsh charity, the Olive Trust, who found herself hours away from death after living with Type 1 diabetes, unbeknown to her.
Denise was diagnosed with the condition aged 42, having previously put her unquenched thirst, constant hunger and fatigue down to the hot weather that came with living in Spain at the time, and the responsibilities of looking after a two-year old son. The reality was that these were symptoms of diabetes and after being left untreated for months, Denise went into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a medical emergency when the body runs out of insulin which can lead to a coma, or even death.
Denise is now working to raise awareness of the symptoms of diabetes and is working on a number of initiatives through the Olive Trust to help with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, including sharing advice, delivering food packages to people with diabetes during the pandemic, and donating fresh food to food banks. You can read more about Denise’s story and her work with the Olive Trust on Wales Online.
5) Supporting staff to return to hospitality with Working Wales
As a record number of businesses in the hospitality industry report staff shortages across the country, we launched a new campaign to encourage more skilled workers to return to the industry, which has faced unprecedented difficulty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To highlight this issue, we spoke to staff at the Celtic Manor Resort about the benefits of working in the hospitality and tourism industry and the potential career paths available. The campaign launch was met with positive feedback from the industry, and has received broadcast coverage in English and in Welsh from BBC Wales Today and S4C, as well as print/online coverage in The National, The South Wales Argus and Deeside.com.