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The Week That Was #296… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


Celebrating the grand opening of Coleg y Cymoedd’s Colliery 19 restaurant. Inspiring Welsh learners to reach for the stars at Seren Academy Conference 2021. Showcasing how exporting is key to recovery and resilience. How HR can help NHS staff bounce back from COVID-19. Uncovering our Archives.


1. Launching a brand new restaurant with a culinary masterclass

Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals winners Michael Coggan and Andrew Minto made a return to the college where they started their professional culinary careers for the grand opening of Coleg y Cymoedd’s Colliery 19 restaurant. The two pastry chefs held a patisserie masterclass with Patisserie and Confectionary learners where they shared techniques on how to create Bake Off winning desserts.

The duo joined actor and singer, Wynne Evans, for the official launch of the college’s new Colliery 19 restaurant and training facility in Rhondda which was officially opened by a ribbon cutting service alongside staff, learners and members of the wider community. The new mining themed restaurant is open to the general public every Monday evening and Thursday lunchtime with delicious dishes freshly cooked and served by learners studying all levels of catering courses, from introductory to advanced qualifications, under the guidance of professional chefs and front of house staff.

The restaurant was featured in WalesOnline and South Wales Echo, with Wales 24/7News From Wales and FE News sharing the news of the culinary masterclass.


2. Helping Welsh learners reach for the stars at the Seren Academy Conference 2021

Next Monday marks the beginning of a very important week for our client Seren - a Welsh Government programme aimed at supporting talented Welsh learners to reach their full academic potential and go on to study at top universities - as we open the virtual doors to the Seren Academy Conference 2021!

During the four-day event, thousands of Wales’ brightest Year 12 learners will have access to fascinating subject masterclasses, advice sessions, university exhibitions, summer school information and live Q&As led by academics and students from some of the leading universities in Wales, the UK and overseas – all designed to help them on their journeys to higher education.

We’ve been helping Seren spread the word about the conference in the run up to the event with inspiring social media posts, direct marketing comms and awareness raising email campaigns!

You can follow the Seren Academy Conference on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.


3. How exporting is key to recovery and resilience 

There’s no doubt the last 18 months have been a time of unprecedented challenges for businesses. Many have had to adapt to new ways of working and look for new opportunities to excel and develop. One way businesses have been able to transform is through exporting overseas.

As part of our work with Business Wales to motivate SMEs in Wales to consider exporting, we wrote a feature for Business-Live highlighting how exporting is key to recovery, resilience and reconstruction. Featuring two Welsh businesses, Newtown-based RM Group and Denbighshire-based Fifth Wheel Co., the Q&A style feature highlights how important exporting has become to the two businesses featured. Read more here.


4. How HR can help NHS staff bounce back

With health workers in a delicate state as the pandemic continues, and the NHS potentially facing an exodus of staff ahead of the requirement for Covid-19 vaccinations by April 2022, HR teams have an opportunity to rethink how they are supporting their workforce. Dr Clare Holt, who is the programme lead for the MSc Leadership in Healthcare course at postgraduate online learning provider Learna, shares her thoughts with leading HR title Personnel Today on how NHS HR teams can deal with the ongoing crisis. Read more here.


5. Uncovering our Archives


Having secured coverage all over the UK last week for Explore Your Archive Week our next stage in awareness raising diving into the work the archives themselves do and what life is like at the nation’s most underused (and underappreciated!) public service. An example being this video of Glamorgan Archives unrolling one of the coal plans they have waiting for public eyes! Explore Your Archive Week is organised by the UK Archives and Records Association, and supported in Wales by Archives and Records Council Wales. The annual week-long campaign encourages people across Wales to discover something new and exciting within the nation’s archives, whether that’s delving into your own family history or finding out the stories about the people and places at the heart of Welsh communities. To start exploring, why not visit your local archive service online.