Following the merger in 2013 Coleg y Cymoedd’s first joint Welsh Language Scheme has been approved and praised.
The organisation’s Welsh Language Scheme was revised by the Deputy Principal for Quality Improvement, the college’s two Bilingual Champions and a Welsh Language Staff group.
During the consultation process members of the public and partnership organisations commended the Scheme for being ‘forward thinking and ambitious’. The Scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner on June 24th following a public consultation.
The Scheme sets out Coleg y Cymoedd’s commitment to the Welsh language and details how it will develop and promote the use of Welsh in all of its activities. The Welsh Language Scheme aims to develop a Welsh Ethos at the college, develop bilingual communication skills and the Welsh-medium provision offered.
Coleg y Cymoedd has around a thousand Welsh speaking students and many more Welsh learners. The areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly have approximately 50,000 Welsh speaking residents, and the Scheme aims to provide an equally high quality service in both English and Welsh.
The College is committed to promoting the use of Welsh, which was made an official language in Wales in 2011, not only as an academic subject but as a living community and social language, in line with the Welsh Government’s vision of a truly bilingual Wales.
Deputy Principal David Finch said “Continuing to develop bilingualism in all areas is a key objective for the college now and in the future. We are extremely pleased with the progress made so far“.