I was a guest of the union UNITE in Llanberis today as John Griffiths the Minister for Skills awarded certificates to employees of Snowdon Mountain Railway, Glanbia Cheese and Irish Ferries. John emphasised the importance of social partnership and skills development for the future of Wales and gave hearty congratulations for the acheivement of the workers. Over lunch it was inspiring to hear the experience of the staff who had tkaen their steps from IT phobia to IT literacy.
I recall Alun Ffred Jones AM criticising the Wales Union Learning Fund ("this seems a questionable use of public money to help achieve a political end") when Labour reaffirmed the value of skills training, like the staff at Snowdon Mountain Railway who gained ICT skills. I wonder what he would tell the workers in his constituency now ?
In congratulating the workers Andy Richards did not forget this point, and pictured are Andy, Paddy McNaught, John Griffiths AM at the awards ceremony.
(Congratulations also to Coleg menai who were awarded earlier in the day for their work with employers).
Llanberis also had good news with the new jobs in Glyn Rhonwy. I have previously been critical of inaction at this site so I am happy to offer congratulations to all involved for this investment.