To mark St David’s day, Ceredigion County Council have commended staff members who’ve attended Welsh training in the workplace during the last year.

Ceredigion County Council has partnered with the National Centre for Learning Welsh and the Ceredigion Welsh for Adults Learning Service to deliver courses to learn Welsh in the workplace. Over 125 staff members are recognised for their dedication to learn the language by attending regular classes.

One member of staff who’d attended the courses said, “My service has benefitted as I am now trying to have conversations over the phone in Welsh. As I am answering phone calls, if someone starts speaking automatically to me in Welsh, I am usually understanding them first time around and continuing with the task without disrupting the flow of the phone call.”

The Council is promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language in all aspects of its business. The Council has reinforced its Welsh Language Policy statement to set the Welsh status within the Council, and make it easier for service users and staff to know that they can use the language. The Policy Statement was approved by Cabinet on 28 November.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said, “Ceredigion County Council is committed to support the Welsh language and culture, through ensuring that its services and activities promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language throughout the county. Every member of the public in Ceredigion has the right to choose which language they wish to use when communicating with the Council and it’s a requirement of the Council staff to respond in a positive way to this choice.”

The Welsh Language Policy Statement is available to read on the Council website:

Councillor ap Gwynn continued by saying, “Use your Welsh when contacting the Council, whether that’s over the phone, through email or when using face to face services.”