The workforce

‘Welsh Language Training’ Programme Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was the first health board to employ an in-house Welsh language tutor. The role of the tutor is to create and tailor suitable courses for the needs of the health board staff. By working with the tutor, the learners improve their language skills and increase their confidence in order to be able to use their Welsh in the workplace and beyond. This is done by providing them with language training opportunities and other resources, in order to improve their ability to provide care and health services in Welsh.

Welsh Government's strategy for increasing the internal use of the Welsh language

Because of the duty on Welsh Ministers to develop a policy relating to using the Welsh language internally, the Government have published a strategy called Cymraeg- It belongs to us all. The Government's aim for the Welsh language within the organisation is that all its staff will understand Welsh by 2050. This will enable staff to work in Welsh from day to day, with a view to seeing a significant increase in the use of the language as a result.

Encouraging Welsh in the workplace

Staff working for the Children's Commissioner for Wales recently initiated an idea to support the use of the Welsh language within the organisation. 'My Welsh Promise' was created and officially adopted as a means of maintaining the progress in the use of the Welsh language by fluent speakers and those learning Welsh.

Changing Language Practice in the Workforce 

The Isle of Anglesey County Council has a scheme to increase the use of Welsh within its internal administration. The aim is to encourage a positive corporate environment that supports the internal use of Welsh.  

Doing things differently 

The Department for Work and Pensions  has improved its advertising arrangements to increase the number of Welsh speakers applying for posts. 

Changing the language habits of staff 

Researchers from Bangor University have created a programme to encourage staff to speak Welsh informally with each other. 


Increase the capacity of Welsh language skills among the workforce 

Over a number of years, North Wales Police has actively implemented leadership, recruitment and training arrangements. This has led to a significant increase in the capacity to serve the public through the medium of Welsh.