The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams AM, is joining the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at an event in the Pierhead building, Cardiff Bay, today (Wednesday 5 February) to launch the Coleg’s Strategic Plan for the next five years
The Plan sets out the Coleg’s vision for the period 2020/21 to 2024/25, which is that the Welsh language becomes part of the pattern of life long learning of the people of Wales, and outlines the organisation’s priorities as it leads the development of Welsh language and bilingual education and training in the post-compulsory sector in Wales.
The Coleg’s aim is to play a key role in working with the Government and other bodies in order to reach the goal of creating a million Welsh speakers.
More than a hundred people from the further education, apprenticeship and higher education sectors are expected to come together, as well as Assembly Members and other stakeholders, at the lunchtime event to hear from the Minister and the Coleg’s chief officers.
Speaking ahead of the event, the Coleg’s Chief Executive, Dr Ioan Matthews said:
“This Strategic Plan for the period up to 2025 expreses our ambitious vision for the Coleg as a leading body that embdeds the Welsh language as an intrinsic part of the pattern of lifelong learning for the people of Wales, specifically in the context of post-16 and higher education.
“Significant progress has been made at the universities over the last decade in terms of Welsh-medium provision and the choice offered to students. We will build on the progress seen and we are confident that with the appropriate support and resources, we will be able to lead similar progress in the post-16 sectors. When this is ensured, we will contribute substantially towards creating a bilingual workforce for Wales and realising the Government’s aim of creating a million people who speak and use the Welsh language.”
The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams AM said:
“It is my pleasure to launch the Coleg’s five year strategic plan today, a plan that is ambitious and builds on the excellent work that has taken place in recent years. I’m pleased with the progress that has been seen in the number of people choosing to study more of their courses through the medium of Welsh, and look forward to seeing further progress in higher education and post-16 in future.”