Fourteen of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's senior managers, including the new Principal of Coleg Llandrillo, recently grasped the nettle and took up the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Welsh Challenge.

Since the beginning of the new year, the managers from the Grŵp - which comprises Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor - have been enrolled on an intensive Welsh language course.

The aim of the challenge is to encourage managers to use as much Welsh as they can with students and colleagues. The delivery of the course has consisted of a mixture of class-based learning and weekly Skype classes over the internet.

Tutor Eluned Croydon said:

Learning Welsh can open the door to new opportunities and experiences. Some of the managers have an understanding of Welsh but feel that they lack confidence, whilst others don't have any previous knowledge at all. Since our last contact day, at least two managers have opened and closed meetings in Welsh, which is quite an achievement!

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's Group Governance Officer, Toby Prosser, enthused:

The whole experience has been excellent: engaging and good fun. I have enjoyed expanding my Welsh vocabulary. It has been challenging in parts, but I welcomed the chance to participate.

Programme manager at the college's Rhyl campus, Tim Peel, added:

I have been dipping in and out of Welsh for 44 years, but it is only now, thanks to this intensive course, that I feel confident enough to engage with Welsh speakers.

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