National board established to drive forward Welsh language and bilingual agenda in Further Education and Apprenticeships
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol yesterday (5 November) brought together representatives from the further education and apprenticeship sectors, as well as employers, to establish a new strategic board to drive the Welsh language and bilingual further education and apprenticeships agenda forward.
The board includes: every further education college; the majority of apprenticeship providers; NTFW; Adult Education Wales; Colleges Wales; the Regional Partnership Boards as well as learner representatives.
The former Welsh Language Commissioner, and member of the Coleg Cymraeg’s Board of Directors, Meri Huws, is chair of the new Post-16 Strategic Board.
Ms Huws said,
“Developing a workforce that is able to operate bilingually is essential if we are to achieve the Welsh Government’s ambitious strategy of reaching a million Welsh speakers. We won’t be able to achieve this without developig the post-16 agenda and establishing this Strategic Board is a real opportunity to celebrate the fact that we are embarking on that exciting journey. Indeed, embarking on this work is not a sprint but a marathon, but one which we are all ready to take part in.”
According to Dr Dafydd Trystan, the Coleg’s Registrar,
“The experience and expertise of the board’s membership is vital in terms of supporting the Coleg as we work with partners to put the Welsh Medium Further Education and Apprenticeship Action Plan into action. It is an ambitious and innovative plan which sets a clear vision towards increasing Welsh language and bilingual provision in the post-16 sector over the next five years.
“With appropriate resources and support there is an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Government’s aim of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050.”