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FRONTLINE WORKERS IN WALES TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST FINANCIAL SCAMMERS B &usiness


Frontline workers in Wales such as carers and emergency services staff will receive training to help protect people from financial scammers, as


part of support offered by the Money and Pensions Service. Public education about financial scams is crucial, when 50% of adults in


Wales (1.3m) do not feel confident about protecting themselves from financial scams, and only 56% of adults in Wales (1.4m) know


Fancy working in a coalmine?


Big Pit’s Mining Craft Apprenticeship Scheme goes from strength to strength, and now in its third year, another three new Mining Craft Apprenticeship opportunities are currently being advertised. Visitors to the National Coal Museum in Blaenavon comment positively on the knowledge of the Miner Guides who bring the experience of working underground to life. Many have first-hand experience and the Museum is looking to pass this knowledge on to its newest recruits. The scheme was first introduced in 2017, and has succeeded in placing seven Mining Craft Apprentices and two Engineering Apprentices aimed at providing the next generation of staff at the world-famous mining museum. The apprenticeships are part of Big Pit’s succession plan to help ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy and learn about the history of mining in Wales. The scheme is also part of Amgueddfa Cymru’s ongoing commitment to improving the traditional skills base in Wales and has received a proportion of funding support from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund.


The nine apprentices to date, which include 4 former miners’ sons and the first ever female mining apprentice, have either a personal connection with or a deep interest in the mining industry. Ben Monroe and Dai Powell were the first Mining Craft Apprentices to be taken on, and are now qualified underground guides, part of the Mines Rescue Service and are currently studying to complete their NVQ Level 4 Supervisor course. Ben said, “I recognised this as a very unique opportunity and an excellent chance to improve my skillset and learn about an industry no longer widely practiced.” Dai added, “The combination of gaining skills and knowledge, in a relaxed and enjoyable environment is a great place to be every day!” Lee Thomas and Emma Long also joined as apprentices in 2017. Lee’s Father, Peter, worked in Deep Navigation and Penallta Collieries and Emma become the first and only female, Miner Guide to date. Lee said, “The people I work with at Big Pit are amazing, always happy to pass on their knowledge and help me further my own understanding” Emma noted, “I was encouraged to apply for the apprenticeship scheme by my friends, and will be eternally grateful to them. Apprentices are vital in keeping alive the wonderful experience we provide our visitors at Big Pit”.


For more information, job description and application form, visit the Jobs page at www.museumwales.ac.uk Closing date for applications is Monday 15 March 2020.


Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is a family of seven museums and a collections centre, which are all free to enter thanks to the support of the Welsh Government. Together, it is home to the nation’s art, history, heritage and science collections, which will continue to grow so that they can be used and enjoyed by both present and future generations. One of its museums, St Fagans National Museum of History which explores the history and culture of Wales, won the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. As a registered charity, Amgueddfa Cymru is grateful for all support. The events and exhibitions programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.


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of organisations and websites that can offer free or affordable help about financial decisions. Research has shown that those working in trusted professions have the skills to help people most at risk from financial fraud. By providing training in Cardiff and Bangor to support workers who regularly engage with people in the community, the Money and Pensions Service hopes that these trusted messengers can raise awareness of financial scams and help people identify the warning signs so they can avoid scams. Training will take place at two events in Cardiff and Bangor, which are open to anyone who works with or supports members


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of the public in Wales, from carers, police and librarians to staff at GP practices. In addition to MaPS representatives, speakers at the events will include: Te Pensions Regulator; Pensions Scams Industry Group (PSIG); Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and Age Cymru, which will present on their work with the Wales Against Scams Partnership (WASP). Te Money and Pensions Service offers the following tips on how people can protect themselves from pension scams: • Be wary of adverts online and on social media promising high returns from investing.


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


• Be suspicious if you are contacted out of the blue and pressured to invest in time limited offers using couriers to send documents


• Always check that the person and the firm you are talking to are who they say they are. If you use an unauthorised firm, you won’t have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).


• Te FCA has a tool to check the risks of pension and investment opportunities. https:// www.fca.org.uk/ scamsmart/warning- list


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