The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is pleased to announce that Canolfan Sgiliaith will be leading on a training and mentoring scheme to increase the number of staff providing through the medium of Welsh and bilingually in the further education and apprenticeship sectors.

Sgiliaith will develop and provide an innovative training programme to staff in the further education and apprenticeship sectors in order to support them to offer Welsh medium and bilingual provision to learners and apprentices. The company will also offer support and mentoring for lecturers and assessors who have already succeeded in the Further Education and Apprenticeships Work Welsh scheme to further embed their new language skills in to their teaching. The new support will be available to staff and practitioners in a variety of methods including webinars, online sessions as well as face-to-face sessions in locations across Wales.  

Dr Lowri Morgans, the Coleg Cymraeg’s Further Education and Apprenticeships Academic Manager said: “We are very excited that Sgiliaith is providing on our behalf and we look forward to working with them to offer training for the post-16 sector. There is a big opportunity to increase the awareness, understaning, confidence and fluency of staff and practitioners teaching in the sector to make a difference and realise the aims of the Action Plan: Towards Cymraeg 2050.”

Gwennan Richards, Manager of Sgiliaith and Developing Bilingualism said: “Canolfan Sgiliaith has been offering support to further education colleges and other post-14 educational organisations across Wales on bilingualism, Welsh-medium education and Welsh and English communication skills since its establishment in 2001. We are now extremely pleased to have the opportunity to develop this aspect of our work further with a new and exciting training and mentoring programme in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

“The training and mentoring programme is open to any practitioner in the post-16 sector. We look forward to working with our partners in the sector to develop and increase the opportunities available to learners, and to contribute towards realising the Government’s vision of creating a million Welsh speakers.”

The Further Education and Apprenticeships Welsh-medium Action Plan was launched by the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, in January 2019. The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, in partnership with other key organisations including CollegesWales, Qualifications Wales and NTFW, leads on increasing Welsh and bilingual provision in the sector in line with the action plan. The training and mentoring contract was awarded to Sgiliaith following a tendering process.