The awards recognise members of staff who have shown a commitment to learning Welsh and who have made good progress with their language skills. The awards also recognise members of staff who are Welsh language Champions, through supporting others with their Welsh and promoting the Welsh language and culture within departments.
The panelists, Aled Jones-Griffith, Principal of Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Chair of the Panel Iaith, Meggan Lloyd Prys, Sgiliaith Project Management Officer, Siân Pritchard, Professional Welsh Language Tutor and Catrin Jones, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch Officer and Bilingualism Development Officer met to judge the 32 nominations received.
The twelve winners were:
Welsh Champion of the Year
Gwyn Arfon Williams, WBL Assessor, Busnes@
Work Welsh Learner of the Year - Management
Sharon Bowker, Executive Director of Corporate Services
Work Welsh Learner of the Year - Academic Staff
Jordan Edwards, Computing & Creative Industries (Coleg Llandrillo)
Mike Garner, Service Industries (Coleg Llandrillo)
Craig Roberts, Creative Arts (Coleg Menai)
Work Welsh Learner of the Year - Support Staff
Julie Roberts, Additional Learning Needs (Coleg Llandrillo/ Glynllifon)
Naomi Moss, Engineering (Coleg Llandrillo)
Gwen Walker, Exams (Coleg Llandrillo)
Janice Johnson, Employer Engagement Training Co-Ordinator (Busnes@)
Work Welsh Learner of the Year - WBL Staff
Elizabeth Wainwright, WBL Assessor (Busnes@)
Cairon Adair, WBL Assessor (Busnes@)
Vikki Owens Griffiths, WBL Assessor (Busnes@)
The success of the winners was celebrated in a ceremony at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on Sea campus on Wednesday, 1st March, with Aled Jones-Griffith and Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai congratulating them. They were presented with a specially made print by local company ‘Pluen’, in recognition of the importance of the Welsh language and the commitment of the staff to learning the language.
Sioned Williams, Sgiliaith, Bilingual Development, Equality and Diversity Manager at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,
“We received 32 strong nominations for our ‘Welsh for Staff Awards’ this year and the panel had a challenge choosing the winners - but the 12 individuals who won an award were thoroughly deserving. As the college with the largest bilingual provision in Wales, we fully realise the part we have to pay in supporting the Government's ambition of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050”.
“Our variety of Welsh learning courses for staff - including the Cymraeg Gwaith scheme and an intensive Welsh learning scheme, are a vital element of this work and we will only achieve this ambition by supporting adults to learn and use the language. Congratulations to everyone."