Dyfodol i’r Iaith has welcomed the Government’s commitment to create a bilingual worforce to serve the early years and child care and play in Wales.
The Government’s White paper recently published outlines a 10 year plan for this field.
Ond element in the White paper is to enhance the workforce’s bilingual skills, and Dyfodol i’r Iaith welcomes this.
Dr Elin Walker Jones, a clinical psychologist and Dyfodol i’r Iaith’s spokesperson on health commented, “We warmly welcome the commitment to create a bilingual workforce as part of the ten year plan for yearly years and child care. We are also looking forward to cooperating with the Government and other relevant bodies to put in place appropriate procedures to realise these plans.”
Dr Jones added, “It’s great to see the white paper’s statement that a bilingual workforce is a key element, but it does not detail how this will be brought about.”
Dyfodol i’r Iaith will respond formally to the white paper, and will offer to assist with establishing a procedure which will ensure a bilingual workforce.
Five important steps have been taken to promote the Welsh language this year, according to Dyfodol i’r Iaith, the Welsh language lobby group. Dyfodol i’r Iaith has held discussions in many fields, and this is starting to bear fruit, according to the Chair, Heini Gruffudd.
The five successes are:
- Establishing a National Entity for Welsh for Adults
- Plans to establish four Welsh Centres in four towns in Wales
- The possibility of two Welsh medium radio channels
- Care Council for Wales’ resource on using Welsh in social care
- Carmarthenshire’s education policy, as part of a far reaching language policy for the county.
Heini Gruffudd, Chair of Dyfodol i’r Iaith, said “We have had a positive response from politicians and by many committees and bodies during the year, and it’s good to see that many of our suggestions are now being accepted.”
“All of the five steps involve extending the use of spoken Welsh and creating fair condition for acquiring new Welsh speakers.”
“It is crucial that those responsible for putting the five steps into practice do so effectively and with conviction, so that good operating models are established.”
During the next month we will concentrate on ensuring that Welsh is given proper recognition by the Planning Bill which is under consideration by the Government.”
Dyfodol i’r Iaith has responded to numerous consultations by the Welsh Government and other organisations in the policy areas of health and social care.
All responses are in Welsh.
The National Outcomes Framework by the Welsh Government: Fframwaith Canlyniadau Cenedlaethol Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol
The Welsh Language Commissioner’s inquiry into the Welsh language in healthcare. Sylwadau ymholiad iechyd Comisiynydd y Gymraeg
The Carers’ Strategy strategaeth gofalwyr
The Older’s People’s Strategy Ymateb Strategaeth Pobl Hyn
And the Older People’s Commissioner’s work programme Ymateb Com Pobl Hyn