A tailored programme of Welsh language courses will be made available to BT Cymru Wales’ 4,000 employees, including full and part-time intensive courses, five-day residential courses and the 10-hour online course. ‘Work Welsh’ is a new learning programme developed by the National Centre for Learning Welsh to strengthen Welsh language skills in the workplace.
The course, which aims to give beginners a taste of the language, introduces simple phrases and basic vocabulary. It can be accessed from electronic devices at work or at home and followed at a time to suit learners. Alwen Williams, Director for BT Cymru Wales, said: “BT has a significant presence in Wales and we’re delighted to be the first major employer to work with the National Centre for Learning Welsh on this new programme, which will support employees’ professional development and strengthen the use of Welsh in our workplaces across the country. As an organisation it’s important that we represent our customers in Wales and being able to provide a Welsh language service is a natural part of that. By giving our colleagues the opportunity to learn Welsh we’re not only giving BT employees an opportunity to develop a valuable new skill we’re also further improving customer service.”
Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, added: “‘Work Welsh’ offers a package of flexible, fully-funded Welsh language learning courses which can be tailored to the needs of different sectors and individual workplaces. We’re delighted that a major employer such as BT is leading the way in Wales by offering this new training programme to its employees.”