150 new Welsh language and bilingual resources to support the post-16 sector

The resources will support educators to provide Welsh-medium and bilingual provision for all learners and apprentices whatever their Welsh language skills.

More than 150 new Welsh and bilingual resources have been published on the Porth Adnoddau, the Coleg Cymraeg's resources website, to support lecturers and practitioners in further education colleges and trainers working with apprenticeships.

The resources will support educators to provide Welsh-medium and bilingual provision for all learners and apprentices whatever their Welsh language skills, in line with the aims of the Further Education and Apprenticeship Welsh-medium Action Plan launched in 2019.

The project was funded by a £150,000 grant from the Welsh Government and the aim is to ensure that high-quality blended learning resources are available bilingually or through the medium of Welsh from Levels 1 to 3 across the four priority areas of Health and Care, Childcare, Public Services and Agriculture.

The post-16 team within the Coleg Cymraeg has lead the national project to create and update over 150 Welsh language and bilingual digital resources across four priority subjects working with our subject co-ordinators, who are experienced specialists in their fields. By also working with e-learning specialists they have ensured that the resources developed meet the needs of lecturers and practitioners in Wales and fill the gaps identified in terms of the lack of Welsh language and bilingual resources.

At present, we know that the percentage of learning activities in the post-16 sector taking place through the medium of Welsh or bilingually is very low, but the Action Plan aims for a significant increase over the next few years. Ensuring that suitable resources are available to practitioners, lecturers and trainers is key to achieving the plan's objectives, especially given the relatively low percentage of the workforce who consider themselves Welsh speakers.

The project will have a far-reaching impact on the aims of Cymraeg 2050, the Government's national language strategy, to “develop post-compulsory education provision which increases rates of progression and supports everyone, whatever their command of the language, to develop Welsh language skills for use socially and in the workplace.”

To support apprentices specifically, the Coleg has commissioned "Prentis-iaith at Understanding Level". The resource supports trainees who have some understanding of Welsh to further develop their skills. This follows on from the success of the original version, "Prentis-iaith at Awareness Level", which was previously commissioned to develop language awareness and has been downloaded from the Porth Adnoddau over 11,000 times.

Fourteen resources have been created and updated in the field of Childcare, 16 in Health and Care, 62 in Public Services and 63 in Agriculture.

All the new resources can be found via the Porth Adnoddau and we’d like to take this opportunity to encourage practitioners and lecturers in the post-16 sector to take a look. You don’t need to be a Welsh language speaker to use the resources – there’s something there for everyone.

To contact the Coleg about our work in the post-16 sector or to give us feedback on the resources please email gwybodaeth@colegcymraeg.ac.uk.