Business, Bilingualism and Education: An event to showcase a coordinated approach in North Wales

Event being held at the Deganwy Quay Hotel, LL31 9DQ, Thursday 16 February 17:30-20:00

With the North Wales economy continuing to expand from external investment and internal growth, support for skills, and bilingual skills through the medium of the Welsh language is critical.

Support for employers across North Wales and our labour market, both current and future, to contribute towards the development of the economy through the medium of the Welsh language with support from Further Education is pivotal.

The promotion of a bilingual workforce within North Wales is a unique selling point that adds considerable value, and this event will help promote the benefits to employers and the economy of this tripartite – Business, Bilingualism and Education.

Hosted in partnership by Colegau Cymru, the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, and Welsh Government, the event at the Deganwy Quay on the evening of Thursday 16 February, looks to promote how North Wales is leading the way in terms of collaboration to support the Welsh language alongside business and education.

Using the examples of two major projects at either end of the region in terms of how the use of the Welsh language has positively aided firstly the completion shortly on the largest new Prison in the UK at Wrexham – HMP Berywn; and secondly the continued development of the proposed £12billion Wylfa Newydd new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Coleg Cambria will present alongside senior colleagues from HMP Berwyn on how one of the largest construction projects within Wales, and now the largest new prison in the UK will continue to work with further education to support the promotion and development of the Welsh language within the facility.

Grwp Llandrillo Menai and the Wales Strategic Director for Wylfa Newydd will present on how the Welsh language is supporting the promotion and development of skills for both the construction and longer term operations workforce, in advance of formal construction on site estimated to begin shortly subject to final planning approval.

The event is an opportunity to showcase how business and further education are already working on supporting the Welsh language within the workplace, and to challenge the audience as to what are the opportunities to support and develop other employers and their employees in the promotion and sustainability of bilingualism within a growing and developing economy?

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The event is hosted jointly by ColegauCymru, Welsh Government, and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board.

The event is by invitation and being held at Deganwy Quay from 17:30-20:00

The event is supported by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Coleg Cambria, Horizon Nuclear Power, Lend Lease, and the Nantional Offender Management Service in respect of both the Wylfa Neywdd and HMP Berwyn projects within North Wales.

Further information on the skills and employment demands for the region can be accessed from the NWEAB Regional Skills & Employment Plan: http://regionalskillsandemploymentplan2016.co.uk/