The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has appointed its first ever ambassadors from the Further Education and Apprenticeship sectors in order to help promote bilingual skills within Further Education Colleges and the apprenticeship sectors.
The 47 ambassadors are located in 12 Further Education colleges and six workplaces throughout Wales and will begin their work this month. Their main role as ambassadors will be to promote bilingual skills and persuade more of their peers to develop their skills and be more confident in using their Welsh. They will represent the Coleg Cymraeg and their individual Colleges in a variety of events such as school visits, fairs and Eisteddfodau, as well as recording their experience in a blog.
On behalf of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Elin Williams said: “This is the first time we’ve had ambassadors in further education colleges and the apprenticeship sectors so this is an important step forward as we work with the sectors to develop bilingual provision. Having a team of young and enthusiastic people working with us is going to project a positive image of the importance of the Welsh language.”
The scheme was officially launched by the Minister for the Welsh language and International Relations, Eluned Morgan AM, at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst in August 2019. The Coleg was looking for ambassadors who would be enthusiastic about the Welsh language ready to work together to inspire their peers in the colleges. At least one of the ambassadors needed to be studying in the Coleg’s priority areas of Health and Social Care, Child Care or Public Services.
The Coleg has appointed up to three learners from every College to undertake the role of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Ambassador for the academic year 2019/2020.