The National Autistic Society Cymru Staff Development team aims to create a culture that celebrates staff development by putting theory into practice in our services, and making sure that our training and support is as effective as possible.
The staff development team is made up of Staff Development Coordinator Michal Blochowiak and Administrator and Trainer, Kayleigh Baldwin, along with our team of trainers from within our adult services. Both Kayleigh and Michal graduated from Cardiff University with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Post Compulsory Education.
It’s Michal’s and Kayleigh’s job to ensure that all staff are trained to provide the most effective support to autistic adults supported by the National Autistic Society Cymru services. We currently employ more than 350 staff at our service hubs in Neath, Cardiff, Newport and, most recently, Mold in Flintshire.
The Staff Development team delivers a comprehensive seven day induction programme to new staff members before they begin work, providing them with the necessary skills and expertise to support nearly 300 autistic adults accessing our services across Wales.
But the work doesn’t stop there. Once in post, Michal and Kayleigh support staff through an extensive programme of continuous professional development (CPD) courses.
Michal said: ‘The needs of the people we support change all the time and we work hard to design and implement new courses when requested by the services, as well as making sure that our current training is up to date and effective. We are always looking to identify and mentor new trainers too, as well as monitor the quality of our support provided in our services.’
Michal and Kayleigh also facilitate a communication network, representing the views of our staff and ensuring they have a say in developments here in Wales and across the UK-wide organisation. This has helped the National Autistic Society Cymru to gain the Bronze Award for the Healthy Working Wales Scheme. These awards support employers across Wales in improving the health and wellbeing of their staff; and our recent success recognises the efforts of our Staff Development team and others across Wales who helped us achieve this goal.
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