Wales. A small but mighty nation. A country steeped in history, which also boasts a vibrant modern culture. The Welsh are known for their pride and passion, and rightly so. We have a world class rugby team, three beautiful National parks, a thriving capital city and our own language.
Here at We Plan Group we are proud of our Welsh heritage and keen to promote and preserve our Welsh ways. That’s why, when presented with the opportunity, we jumped at the chance to hold a Welsh language course for those looking to develop their language skills.
Members of staff from throughout the business take two hours out of their week to attend the course, run by tutors from Coleg Gwent.
Not only does the course help us nurture such an important part of Welsh culture, it means that we have members of staff who can converse with our Welsh speaking customers in their first language.
The course has been underway for a couple of weeks now, so we caught up with some of the group to find out how they have found it so far.
Zoe Clifford is a Verifier for our Lifestyles department and is seeking the help of her nieces to help with the pronunciation:
“I didn’t get the chance to learn Welsh at school so when the opportunity came to do the course at work I jumped at the chance.
I have 5 nieces and they all go to Welsh schools and can speak the language fluently. The course is perfect because it means I’ll be able to have conversations with them in Welsh. They help me at the weekends with any bits that I’m unsure of, and they often laugh at me pronunciation.
So far I am really enjoying the course and LLinos, our tutor, is so friendly and makes it fun for us!”
Luke Johns is Assistant to the CEO, and welcomes the chance to improve his Welsh language skills:
“So far I’ve loved taking part in the Welsh Course at We Plan Group. Our trainer Llinos, from Coleg Gwent, has been superb and I’m thoroughly enjoying learning to speak Welsh.
I signed up for the course as since leaving school I’ve regretted not paying enough attention in class and not learning the language. Many of my close friends and family went to Welsh medium schools and I’d love to be able to communicate with them in their first language.
Dwi’n caru dysgu siarad Cymraeg - I love learning to speak Welsh”
We are extremely proud to be able to offer this course, as a celebration of Welsh culture.
If you are interested in joining the next group then please speak to our Employee Engagement Officer, Danielle Nash.