The Cymraeg Gwaith scheme has been in operation in the further education sector since 2017. With 11 colleges taking part, the project funds Welsh tutors to teach Welsh for use in the workplace to over 400 staff annually within the further education sector.
Whilst discussing with the sector, it became clear that a lack of confidence has an impact on how much use staff make of their new Welsh language skills. In order to be able to offer another option to learners, this year the Cymraeg Gwaith+ course was developed which offers 35 hours of provision over a period of 10 weeks. The scheme, like the Cymraeg Gwaith scheme, has been funded by the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
The scheme is already underway this term, and the 10-week course now in its fifth week. Staff from three colleges currently benefit from the scheme, Coleg y Cymoedd, Coleg Cambria and Coleg Sir Gâr. The main focus of the sessions is the National Centre for Learning Welsh’s 'Codi Hyder' course under the guidance of a tutor from Bangor University. The Cymraeg Gwaith+ scheme is tailored for staff in further education colleges who are keen to develop more confidence in using the Welsh language for workplace use.
As part of the scheme, all learners will complete the 20 hour Confidence Building course, have access to 10 hours of sessions relevant to the sector as well as 1:1 hours with the tutor.
We are now accepting applications for the Cymraeg Gwaith+ scheme which starts in January 2023. This course is suitable for staff learning Welsh at Intermediate and Advanced levels and is also relevant to those who have attended Welsh-medium schools but have lost confidence. The course will take place between the 16th of January - 31st of March 2023 on a Wednesday afternoon. We will welcome up to 12 members of staff on the course and the sessions will be held online, so there is no need to travel for the sessions.
If you would like to receive an information pack about the scheme, or if you have a question, please contact the project manager, Nia Brodrick on Nia.Brodrick@ColegauCymru.ac.uk