The implementation and results of the projects pursued by ASAPH partners have highlighted a number of issues that partners regard as essential to the future development of approaches to improving essential training and work/life balance in Wales. In particular it is suggested that politicians, policy-makers, service providers and others with an interest in this area should pay careful attention to the points covered in the list below.
Awareness of work/life balance
Employers and employees need to be more aware of the benefits of a better work/life balance, and of effective approaches for achieving this. The benefits include an ‘underpinning’ of the effectiveness of training.
Awareness of different needs and cultural backgrounds
Employers and training institutions need to adopt specific strategies and take imaginative and flexible approaches to providing access to training for disabled people, workers from outside the UK, employees with domestic commitments, and other disadvantaged groups. Whenever necessary, material should be provided in languages other than Welsh and English.
Awareness of legal and social issues
Both staff and overall organisational development takes place within legal, economic and social frameworks. The impact of these frameworks on training and employment opportunities needs to be taken into account when designing training materials and programmes.
SMEs often have only a limited amount of interest in, or time available for, contributing to discussions or other project work on issues that appear to be relevant to them. Special strategies need to be devised and supported, such as the setting up of a local employers’ group or forum.
Engaging the workforce
Their own experiences often give employees a particularly useful view of the problems tha tsurround achieving improved work/life balance or access to appropriate training. Employers and training institutions should ensure that employees are able to make an input to developments in both these areas.
The ASAPH Development Partnership has benefited from the opportunity for partners to discuss and work together on projects that are of mutual interest to them. In order to maximise the impact of future developments in the areas concerned, contributions should be encouraged from all interested organisations.