The Week That Was #325

A love of data turned career with the NHS. Supporting Entrepreneurial Women in Wales. Educating others on Wales’ skills landscape with The Open University in Wales. Talking to children about LGBTQ+ experiences and families this Pride Month. Powerful performances in our BBC Sounds podcast with Michael Sheen.

1. A love of data turned career with the NHS

19-year-old Laurice Keogh, a Gower College Swansea alumni, has the college to thank after securing her dream job working with Digital Health and Care Wales. Since she first studied IT at school, Laurice has always had an interest in finding patterns and stories when looking at numbers and stats and eventually pursuing a career in data. Although many paths to jobs in data exist, Laurice was determined she wanted to embark on her career as soon as possible. She soon realised that Gower College Swansea would be her first step to securing her dream apprenticeship with the NHS.

We secured coverage of Laurice’s academic journey at Gower College Swansea and how she landed her apprenticeship on FE NewsWales 247 and News from Wales, amongst others.

2. Supporting Entrepreneurial Women in Wales

From the woman behind an established fake tan brand to the entrepreneur dedicated to creating stylish and safe workwear, we have worked with a range of inspiring businesswomen as part of our campaign with Business Wales to inspire more females across the country to think about entrepreneurship and put themselves forward for awards. This week we shared the stories of Shoned Owens of Tanya Whitebits and Kelly East of Luna Financial Planning Ltd, who talked us through the benefits they’ve seen from entering awards. You can read their stories here.

3. Educating others on Wales’ skills landscape with The Open University in Wales

Each year our client, The Open University in Wales, releases its annual Business Barometer – a measure of the business and skills landscape across the UK and in Wales.

This year’s report found that two thirds of Welsh businesses are facing skills shortages impacted by issues like Covid-19, Brexit and the conflict in Ukraine. Of the 130 Welsh organisations surveyed, almost three quarters (70%) said the impact of the skills shortage is causing increased workload and pressure on other staff.

We secured coverage on the report in the Western Mail and on Business in the NewsEmployer News and  News From Wales.

4. Talking to children about LGBTQ+ experiences and families this Pride Month

Celebrating all types of love, equality, and acceptance is at the heart of Pride Month, raising awareness and reflecting on events and icons that have and continue to impact the LGBTQ+ community. As Pride Month comes to a close, we helped Five Rivers Child Care share an inspiring thought leadership piece with leading title Gscene on how to talk to children about LGBTQ+ experiences and families from foster carer, Annabelle Avis. The feature breaks down the misconceptions that the LGBTQ+ community cannot foster, alongside sharing essential advice on discussing and learning about the LGBTQ+ community. The piece takes front page feature on the Gscene website and will be featured in the July 2022 issue.

5. Powerful performances in our BBC Sounds podcast with Michael Sheen

A record of the last days of a mother’s life. A steampunk fantasy allegory about climate change. Just two of the stories performed in our BBC Sounds podcast, Margins to Mainstream with Michael Sheen. The series focusing on writers from underrepresented backgrounds is back with three bonus episodes featuring longer readings of stories by these new voices. Check them out for yourself on BBC Sounds here.