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North Wales Employers ‘Hungry For Bilingual Talent’

by Jamie Adrankone

North Wales Employers ‘Hungry For Bilingual Talent’

Businesses in North Wales have an appetite for workers who can speak both English and Welsh.

The Daily Post posted that the North Wales Economic Ambition Board is aiming to boost bilingualism across the region with its newly-launched Welsh Language in North Wales report, which shows an encouraging demand for talented people with a knack for both tongues.

This is good news for the Welsh Government’s aim to increase the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050, and the study - which was launched in Colwyn Bay by TV presenter Nia Parry - forms part of this scheme

Findings from the Board revealed that more than half (56 per cent) of bosses in North Wales believe having a good grasp of the Welsh language is ‘important’ for their company.

Indeed, the counties of Conwy, Anglesey, Gwynedd and Denbighshire are in the top six local authorities in Wales with the highest number of Welsh speakers.

Regional Programme Manager for Skills and Employment for the Board Iwan Thomas was quoted as saying: “The challenge of achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050 calls for far-reaching changes.”

He added that the demand among businesses and in education for more Welsh speakers backs the Welsh Government’s initiative.

The Welsh Government now intends to build on this and continue to drive the usage of the Welsh language by creating favourable conditions to allow the language to thrive for future generations.

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