Tydfil Training Consortium

Origins

The motivation for starting this business was to give young people of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil the opportunity of employment linked to further training.Unemployment was high and opportunities few and local business people came together to form an ad-hoc consortium, which was originally funded by the Manpower Services Commission. The major challenges during the first three years was the uncertainty of funding bodies i.e M.S.C./Training Agency and then the introduction of the Training and Enterprise Councils.

Success Factor

Trustees have invested the company’s surplus to provide further facilities and resources in Pontypridd, Bridgend, Blackwood and Ebbw Vale. This has increased growth by increasing contracts and contract values with both Government and private contractors. The charitable objective was also amended with the Charity Commissioners to include work across the whole of Wales. Tydfil Training Consortium has also benefitted from increased demand for quality organisations with best facilities to deliver programmes for the unemployed in communities and its ability torespond positively and innovatively to work based learning opportunities

The Future

The organisation aims to tender and deliver future welfare to work programmes for the Department of Works and Pensions, and increase Welsh Assembly Government training programmes in other locations in Wales and, particularly, work-based learning opportunities,