Welsh Culture Hub

We committed to maintain the Welsh language, by promoting Welsh medium and bilingual learning.

Here you can discover our commitment to supporting you to develop your skills and understanding of the Welsh language.

The Welsh Assembly Government has a vision, by the year 2050 in Wales we will have a million Welsh speakers. Our role is to support that vision.

Pam bod yn ddwyieithog? Why be bi lingual?

#1 Stand out from the crowd

  • Being able to use Welsh could make your CV stand out
  • Some companies only recruit Welsh speakers
  • Studies show that bilingual people are 3-5% more employable
  • Organisations in Wales want a bilingual workforce

#2 Provide good service

  • Using Welsh can set organisations apart from the rest
  • Having Welsh speaking staff is good for an organisation’s public image
  • Offering a language choice is important to customers and can improve customer loyalty

#3 Earn more

  • Studies show that those with bilingual skills can earn a higher salary
  • As Welsh language is a requirement for many public sector jobs, this has a direct impact on the salary prospects of Welsh speakers in Wales

Sut rydym yn helpu/ How we will help

  • We will ensure that you are offered the opportunity to learn in Welsh or bilingually
  • We will support you to develop your skills in speaking and understanding the Welsh language
  • We will support you with broadening your knowledge of Welsh cultural events
  • We will ensure that development targets set are tailored to suit you

Consider these questions:

  • How does your organisation promote Welsh language?
  • Does your organisation celebrate Welsh heritage and culture?
  • What could you do to support and develop this further?

Gosod targerdau / Setting targets

As part of your induction we will ask you about your level of Welsh language skills and how confident you are in using Welsh in the workplace and in your social life.

We will also ask you about your work environment and the commitment to the language.

We will agree a Welsh language skills development target with you which is realistic, achievable, and  relevant to your job role.

During reviews, your Training Advisor will note progress towards targets to show your skills development over time.

Dewis eich targerdau / Choosing your targets

No or very limited Welsh language skills

Suggested targets:

  • Learn basic Welsh meet and greet phrases to use in the workplace with clients, customers and colleagues
  • Learner extended customer service related words and phrases to use in the workplace, working towards being able to have a conversation with a Welsh speaker.

Some Welsh language skills, but lacking confidence

Suggested targets:

  • Complete some verbal assessments in Welsh
  • Complete WEST Literacy in Welsh
  • Create work related products in Welsh
  • Create a glossary of useful terminology
  • Develop use of Welsh in the workplace to improve customer experiences

Fluent Welsh speakers

Suggested targets:

  • Complete some/all written and verbal tasks/assessments in Welsh
  • Undertake some/all reviews/discussions in Welsh
  • Produce a glossary of useful Welsh terms  
  • Further develop use of Welsh in the workplace to improve the customers’ experiences
  • Develop a range of Welsh language prompts for other staff to use to improve the customers’ experiences

Dolenni defnyddiol i gefnogi dysgu annibynnol / Helpful links to support independent learning

Prentis-Iaith

These courses are for apprentices who currently have little or no Welsh language skills. They enable apprentices to complete part of their qualification in Welsh.

The general course highlights the importance of the Welsh language as a workplace skill. The course has also been adapted for four specific sectors: healthcare, childcare, agriculture and construction.

Duo Lingo

Duolingo offer daily 5 minute session designed to help develop basic Welsh Language skills.

Say something in Welsh 

An online programme designed to support individuals develop Welsh language skills and support pronunciation.

The National Centre for Learning Welsh

There are over 1,500 resources available here which support learners across all levels, from beginner to fluent.

Also available via The National Centre for Learning Welsh, are 10 hours of free online courses for both learners and staff.

Cysgliad

A software package which can support written Welsh skills, supporting spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Organisation support / Cefnogaeth sefydliad

  • For support for developing a Welsh language plan for the workplace, visit comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru
  • Get guidance about supporting Welsh language and assessing the level of the workforce in the Welsh language with learnwelsh.cymru
  • Find guidance about supporting rights to access/ use the Welsh Language with comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru
  • Iaith offers guidance on language planning and implementation:

Beth sy’n mynd ymlaen? / What’s going on?

 

Visit Wales offers up-to-date and live information on cultural events across all regions of Wales.