With the Work Welsh pilot now in its second year, we are excited to announce that four Further Education Colleges will be piloting the National Centre for Learning Welsh’s new Siarad scheme. With the Siarad scheme being launched officially at the National Eisteddfod, four colleges will be involved in the developments.
The Work Welsh project began in August 2017 as a pilot project, and following a successful run was funded once again in April 2018. As a new and exciting project, we welcome and take advantage of any new developments in the sector which give our lecturers new opportunities to use their Welsh skills.
Our main objective by taking part in the scheme is to ensure that lecturers who are learning Welsh have opportunities to practice and use their new Welsh skills by pairing them with a fluent speaker. As part of the Siarad pilot, five pairs in four colleges will meet ten times during the Work Welsh project period to use, practice and speak Welsh in natural scenarios outside the structured lessons.
Four colleges will be representing the sector by piloting the Siarad scheme: Gwent College, Coleg Cambria, Gower College Swansea and Pembrokeshire College. Staff levels, numbers learning and having a cross section of areas were all taken into account when selecting the colleges.
Nia Brodrick, project coordinator for the Work Welsh in the further education sector said “This is an exciting time for the Work Welsh project as we build on the success of the pilot and look ahead to another year of increasing the use of Welsh in the sector. The colleges have all reacted brilliantly to the project during the pilot and the project this year, with the enthusiasm clear across Wales. Our aim is to take advantage of opportunities like the Siarad scheme to develop confident speakers who are happy to use Welsh in their day to day work lives. This is a big step towards reaching our larger objective of increasing Welsh medium provision within the sector.”
If you work in a Further Education College in Wales, take advantage of the opportunity to be part of this project by contacting the Human Resources department or the Bilingual Champion at the college.
For general information or for more information on the project contact Nia Brodrick, project coordinator working on behalf of ColegauCymru on: cymraeggwaithAB@hotmail.com or contact the office on 02920 522500