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Give yourself an edge through bilingual learning
Two languages, twice the skills! Being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an important advantage - whether you’re looking for a job or wanting to further your career.
Laws in Wales mean that public services must treat Welsh and English on an equal basis. This has meant a rise in demand for people who can communicate well in both languages.
NPTC Group is committed to promoting the use of the Welsh language and meeting the needs of Welsh speaking students and members of the public. Welsh-speaking students are able to undertake aspects of their course through the medium of Welsh supported by specialist staff.
Non-Welsh speaking students are also given the opportunity to acquire Welsh language skills either within their programme of study or as part of the college’s enrichment programme.
We are developing new bilingual provision. Please contact Robin Gwyn, Director of Bilingualism, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Angharad Rees, Bilingual Development Co-ordinator, email@example.com.
What are the advantages of being bilingual?
1. Stand out from the crowd
The ability to speak, read and write Welsh is an additional skill. The Welsh language can therefore give your CV an added value.
2. You’re hired!
People with bilingual skills are likely to be more employable.
3. Increase your earning potential
People can earn more money as a direct result of speaking Welsh.
4. Improve your thinking and creativity
Research shows that having and using two languages improves cognitive and creative abilities.
5. Provide a good service
Businesses/companies which offer language choice to the public receive a higher level of customer appreciation.
6. Open up new opportunities
Welsh is reaching new audiences – it is being taught to an increasing number of children and learners and entering new professional, vocational and recreational fields.
How important is Welsh to employers?
More people are choosing to use Welsh when using services and as a result, research shows that demand from employers for staff with Welsh language skills is growing:
"An additional language can be an enormous personal and professional benefit. We actively seek Welsh speaking staff and encourage our staff to learn the language." Alison Inker, Manager at Vidal Sassoon, Cardiff
"Being bilingual is an advantage to getting employed in Wales today. The Council's policy is that we only appoint employees to our Call Centres and Customer Centres who can speak Welsh and English. It is important that those who answer the phone and deal with queries face to face with the public can speak their preferred language." Llinos Evans, Policy and Partnership Officer, Carmarthenshire County Council
Bilingual skills could be useful for any job but especially those involving communicating with people. The Welsh Government and the college has identified six priority areas where demand for people with bilingual skills is most likely to increase. However, the ability to use Welsh can be a useful skill no matter what area of work you choose:
• Child Care
• Health and Social care
• Business and Information Technology
• Tourism and Leisure
• Media and Performing Arts
The ability to communicate effectively and successfully with very young children through the medium of Welsh is essential in many parts of Wales. It is very often the case that parents communicate exclusively through the medium of Welsh with small children during their early years.
The availability of a professional workforce which is also able to communicate through the medium of Welsh with young children is vital to their basic communication, care and development needs.
At national level, Mudiad Meithrin may be referred to as a leading organisation which provides Welsh medium early years care and education in the voluntary sector. There are over 500 Cylchoedd Meithrin across Wales with 18,000 children given the opportunity to learn through play through the medium of Welsh. Welsh is the language of each cylch meithrin.
All children are welcomed to the cylch whether they speak Welsh or not and every child is given the opportunity to learn a wide range of Welsh language skills. The availability of bilingual staff lies at the very core of the organisation’s provision.
Health and Social Care
The importance of providing bilingual health care is essential for Welsh-speaking patients. There are instances where patients cannot be treated effectively except in their first language or in both their languages. This is especially true in the case of those receiving speech and language therapy, and for the following key groups: people with mental health problems; people with learning disabilities and other special needs; older people and young children.
The Welsh Government has identified that much more work needs to be done in order to improve the quality and range of health and care services available through the medium of Welsh. The key area for improvement is direct personal communication (phone or face to face).
It is often the case that individuals cannot receive public services through the medium of Welsh, or have to make special arrangements to receive a Welsh language service. This is because there is either a general shortage of Welsh speakers or because an organisation has not deployed its Welsh speakers in the most effective manner.
Business and IT
There is an increasing demand for IT competent staff able to work through the medium of Welsh across Wales. The specialist nature of the IT sector also means that it also services a variety of sectors across Wales. Graphic Design companies such as Elfen based in Cardiff conduct marketing campaigns which are fully bilingual and list a range of clients which include the BBC, Christian Aid, ITV, National Theatre Wales, Oxfam, Sherman, Sports Council, Wales Arts International, Welsh National Opera.
The National Library of Wales may also be listed as an organisation which only employs bilingual IT staff to work on its fully bilingual website with all information loaded on to the site in Welsh and English at exactly the same time.
The 1993 Welsh Language Act has transformed the need for public sector bodies to conduct their everyday transactions with the public through the medium of Welsh. The Welsh Language Measure 2011 will also lead to the expansion of Welsh language services by businesses in the private sector. There is also a clear link between the Business sector and the Financial and Professional Services.
Microsoft has created Welsh language interface packs such as Vista, Office 2007 and Sharepoint which means that the Welsh language can be used as the language of business in Wales.
Tourism and Leisure
Tourism and leisure are integral to the Welsh economy. There are approximately 10,500 hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism businesses across Wales. The Welsh Government has identified that the Welsh language and Wales as a bilingual country need to be incorporated to the visitor experience. The Welsh Government has prioritised the sector with a view to developing the bilingual skills of the individuals who will, be responsible for showcasing the nation to its visitors.
The media and performing arts have a strong bilingual presence within Wales. This vocational career path has been identified as the sector in which there would be the highest demand for Welsh speakers in the future.
The existence of S4C and BBC Wales has resulted in career opportunities for those with bilingual skills not only in Cardiff but across Wales in companies such as Tinopolis and Telesgôp. In addition, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru has provided a real platform for Welsh speaking actors to ply their trade across Wales.
The number of new job opportunities in Agriculture in Wales may be relatively small. However, Agriculture has been identified as a priority sector as a result of its strong bilingual presence and influence in Wales.
The agricultural sector’s traditional strongholds are located within areas where a high proportion of the population are able to speak Welsh. It naturally follows, therefore, that bilingual skills are desirable for work opportunities within these areas and within the sector.
In addition to working directly on farms where there may be relatively few vacancies, other employment opportunities may exist for bilingual staff within the sector with companies and employers such as the Welsh Government’s Department of Rural Affairs, the British Cattle Movement Service (located in Cumbria but employer of bilingual staff for the operation of its Call Centre), Veterinary Practices, Auctioneers, large cooperative suppliers, and the farming unions/ insurers including NFU and FUW.
The opinion of employers
Chief Executive, Care Council for Wales
Rhian Huws Williams
'At the Care Council for Wales we operate completely bilingually. We can respond at once in either language and therefore it is an effective way of working. In health and social care it is very important that a sufficient number of workers who can work confidently through the medium of Welsh as well as English are available.
Around 65% of the world's population is bilingual and monoglot countries are unusual, as opposed to normal, so make the most of the opportunity to study courses through the medium of Welsh or bilingually, because doing so will prepare you for working confidently in both languages and will make you a valuable resource to many employers in Wales.'
Doctor, Neville Hall Hospital, Abergavenny
Dr Emyr Huws
'The ability to speak Welsh is a useful skill for anyone who intends to work in the medical field in Wales. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients is a very important element of the work of any doctor - as he/she analyses health problems and recommends appropriate treatment - and patients prefer to discuss their illnesses in the language in which they are most comfortable.
Obviously, Welsh is the first language of many of the patients I deal with, and therefore they are always glad that I can speak to them in that language. The ability to speak and discuss things confidently through the medium of Welsh is a useful asset as more and more companies are looking for employees with additional skills, such as bilingualism.'
Company Director ATOM PR
ATOM PR operates completely bilingually and our clients appreciate being able to choose a Welsh-medium service. By being bilingual, ATOM can offer something different to many other companies competing in the same field, and this is regularly a huge advantage to us as we market ourselves and attempt to gain more work. In fact, being bilingual is a very useful skill in the workplace and when running a business, and we - as a company - place a huge emphasis on that skill as we look for new staff or sub-contractors.'
Lawyer, Hugh James Law Firm
'The ability to communicate confidently through the medium of Welsh and English is a very important skill for any lawyer who works in Wales. I work in Cardiff and examples of the importance of bilingualism can be found throughout the company as we draft contracts, hold court cases and meetings in Welsh. Welsh is also the first language of many of our clients, and therefore - in order to keep them happy - it is of utmost importance that I can speak with them confidently and correctly in their mother tongue.'
Trainee Lawyer, Capital Law
'The Welsh language is important and very relevant to anyone who works in law in Wales. In fact, although Capital Law clients are based across the United Kingdom and increasingly across Europe, it is important that we endorse and take pride in our Welshness, because the Welsh language is now acknowledged as an asset for every lawyer to possess, and the ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is one of the factors that helps to differentiate our company from its competitors.'
Benefits of Studying in Welsh
Welsh Celebs Have Their Say
Griff Lynch, Lead singer, Yr Ods, and a presenter on S4C and Radio Cymru C2
'My Welsh language skills are far richer that my English language skills, and therefore I feel more comfortable discussing complex academic subjects in my first language. Being able to use the language to study suited me fine!'
Iolo Williams, TV and Radio Wildlife Presenter
'My bilingual skills have benefitted me greatly during my career and have allowed me to broadcast in both Welsh and English, on television and radio throughout the world.'
Mari Grug, S4C Presenter
'The ability to confidently speak more than one language is an asset that can open many doors to individuals as they look for work. These days, employers in Wales and beyond place more and more emphasis on bilingual ability and studying through the medium of Welsh can also be advantageous in terms of a person's social life.'
Fflur Dafydd, Musician and Author
'It is essential that the choice to study through the medium of Welsh is available to students. I studied English as a subject, but many of my tutors spoke Welsh and without a doubt being surrounded by two languages enriches the education experience.'
Ryan Kift, Musician and Film Producer
'I studied approximately 70% of my degree course through the medium of Welsh and I'm very glad that I was able to do so. I could have chosen to study the entire course through the medium of English but because the Welsh-medium classes were much smaller than the English ones I felt that the Welsh-medium students received a lot more individual attention from the lecturers and tutors. In a way I feel that I received a higher standard of education because I chose to study through the medium of Welsh.
Furthermore, the ability to speak Welsh confidently is a beneficial skill to possess if you work in the media industry in Wales. I certainly find that being able to speak Welsh helps when conducting interviews for S4C or Radio Cymru.'
Ynyr and Eurig Roberts, Brigyn
'Before going to university - in Sheffield and Cardiff Institute - we both attended and passed an excellent Welsh-medium Foundation Art and Design course at Coleg Menai, Bangor. As well as performing in a band, we both work as self-employed graphic designers on behalf of a wide variety of companies throughout Wales. The fact that we can communicate in Welsh and in English is valuable to us especially in terms of dealing with different customers.'
Ynyr and Eurig Roberts, Brigyn