Da iawn! Local organisations collaborate on Welsh language training
In a recent collaboration, two Cardiff based organisations – Capital Law and Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) – have been working together on a Welsh language project, strengthening ties between the public and private sectors.
Cardiff-based law firm and consultancy business, Capital Law & People, prides itself on having a global outlook, whilst still promoting its Welsh identity. The firm, which has 20 partners and 130 staff, has recently embarked on a series of Welsh language courses for staff – of all levels – who’d like to learn a new skill and develop themselves both professionally and personally. Many of the firm’s lawyers and consultants are Welsh speakers, and the ability to provide legal and consultancy services in Welsh is important to many of their clients.
Recognising the importance of a strong Welsh language skillset, the firm turned to neighbouring education provider, Cardiff and Vale College.
Cardiff and Vale College is one of the largest training providers in the UK. With operations in Wales, England and internationally, they offer expert training and development solutions delivered to thousands of businesses across the UK and beyond.
CAVC's partnership approach ensures that bespoke courses are designed to meet the dynamic, and growing, needs of industry. In recent years, CAVC has been firmly established as a sector leading provider due to numerous national and UK awards secured. Alongside its state of the art training facilities, and with over 1,000 award winning industry experts and sector specialists, CAVC places great importance on the support it offers to enhance language skills across its learner and business communities.
Paul Kift, Business Development Director at CAVC said: “As one of the largest Colleges in Wales, we place great importance on enabling the growth of the Welsh Language in the Capital Region and beyond. We’re delighted to have a strong partnership with Capital Law, delivering Welsh Language training to their staff in line with their ethos, culture and core values. As well as giving their staff this linguistic opportunity, it is very rewarding for us to know that our training is directly having a positive impact on their client work. We look forward to continuing to support the progression of Welsh within the firm.”
Speaking about the initiative, Capital’s HR Director, Paul Clayton, said: “We have been seriously impressed with the CAVC teaching provision for our beginner Welsh course here at Capital. We have created an intermediate course for beginner ‘graduates’, and another lot of eager learners will form a new beginners group.
“The range of benefits are vast. It is helping our clients, many of whom require their business to be conducted in Welsh, or at the very least appreciate pleasantries and simple exchanges in Welsh. The class have become connected as a group and we have added a further life skill, supporting our broader wellbeing initiatives. Last and by no means least we are assisting our communities in preserving our heritage. Diolch yn fawr i’r CAVC am eich cefnogaeth!”
Iestyn Morris, a leading education lawyer at the firm who is also one of Cardiff and Vale’s Governors, said: “I’m privileged to be a member of the College’s Governing Body. As a solicitor specialising in education law – and a proud Welsh speaker – it’s been terrific to see the College provide Welsh language training to my colleagues. Both personally and professionally It’s a real asset to be able to speak Welsh – and our Welsh-speaking clients really appreciate the effort that our non-Welsh speaking lawyers go to in learning. It’s great for personal development, too – and I’ve enjoyed helping my colleagues practice their new conversational skills. Many thanks to the College for its first-rate training, and to my colleagues for their inspiring dedication and enthusiasm.”
CAVC’s partnership with Capital Law further demonstrates our commitment to the Welsh language and ensuring that we continue to offer the opportunity to develop and promote the use of Welsh in the Cardiff Capital Region.