Students from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai attended the 'Cymraeg: Cyflog a Chyfle' conference at Nant Gwrtheyrn on Wednesday 20th February.

Construction, Hair and Beauty and Hospitality and Tourism students from Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor came together for a one-day conference to consider their career choices after completing their studies and to consider the importance of Welsh in making those choices.

The day was organised by Hunaniaith in conjunction with Sgiliaith. Hunaniaith is the Welsh language initiative in Gwynedd and the initiative promotes Welsh within the county by organising Welsh medium activities. Sgiliaith is a department within Grŵp Llandrillo Menai providing innovative and progressive support for bilingualism for the post-14 education sector.

The conference started with a Welsh language awareness session,  presented by Hunaniaith, Sgiliaith and Iwan Hywel from Mentrau Iaith Cymru, which was aimed at getting students to start thinking about the importance of the Welsh language to their identity and their employability.

In the afternoon, students attended a masterclass led by local employers with expertise in their area of study. The masterclasses provided an opportunity for students to learn about the work opportunities in the area, and the importance of Welsh in these fields.

Llŷr ap Gruffydd, Learning, Training and Development Officer for Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, presented information to the construction students about career opportunities within the organisation, and the importance of Welsh in order to deal with clients successfully. Jano Hughes and Anwen Jones of Igam Ogam Hairdressing in Criccieth talked to the Hairdressing and Beauty students about how they established their successful hairdressing business, and the role the Welsh language plays in providing an excellent service and experience for their customers. The Hospitality and Tourism students had the opportunity to sit down with Mair Saunders and Mathew Penri from Nant Gwrtheyrn to learn about the village, the services it provides, and how the Welsh language and culture is integral to the success of the business.

Thank you to the students who had attended and participated in the activities during the conference. Thanks also to staff from Hunaniaith, Sgiliaith and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai for their work on the day and whilst organising the event, also to the guest speakers who came to inspire the students.