The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol today welcomes the announcement of the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams and the publication of the Action Plan to significantly develop Welsh and bilingual provision in the Further Education and Apprenticeship sectors.
Dr Ioan Matthews, the Coleg's Chief Executive, said: "I am very pleased to see an ambitious plan for the Further Education and Apprenticeship sectors being published. The Coleg takes pride in its role stimulating the work of the Planning Group and working with colleagues from the Further Education and Apprenticeship sectors to create an innovative plan that will ensure a significant increase in the opportunities to learn and gain the necessary bilingual skills to succeed in the work place.
The work is just beginning and the Action Plan for the next phase is in place. Suitable resources will now be needed across the relevant sectors if the ambition is to be realised in the coming years, in the context of long term planning.”
Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “This is an important milestone in the development of Welsh-medium provision in the post-16 sector and I’m pleased that this ambitious plan responds to the wide range of challenges that have been identified. The Coleg, in partnership with the Welsh Government will now take these actions forward, building on the activity that is already underway.”
The Minister for Welsh language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan said: “Ensuring that young people can maintain and develop their Welsh language for use in the workplace, in education, in social situations and with family is an essential element of our Welsh Language Strategy Cymraeg 2050. The Welsh-medium post-16 action plan responds to this key aim in the strategy and provides us with an opportunity to improve both Welsh-medium provision and support for learners.”
A copy of the full report can be found here: www.colegcymraeg.ac.uk/cymraeg2050