A recent speed-networking event held at Ysgol Rhosnesni saw Welsh speaking employers from the area visiting the school to speak with pupils about their experiences.

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All pupils were given a work book to complete and took turns to introduce themselves and ask questions in Welsh. The day formed part of a unit in GCSE Welsh and provided supporting evidence towards the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification ‘use of the Welsh language.’

Siwan Jones from Siop Siwan speaking to students

Curriculum Leader for Welsh at Rhosnesni High school, Meinir Tomos Jones said: “Providing opportunities for students to speak Welsh within a range of real-life contexts is integral to our Welsh provision at Ysgol Rhosnesni. “Hosting a Welsh language careers fair ensures that Ysgol Rhosnesni students practise their Welsh, a key employability skill, within a formal setting with local employers; this instils confidence and gives them an advantage as they enter a competitive employment market.

Welsh language officer at Wrexham County Borough Council Stephen Jones said: “Pupils gained a good insight into the important role that the Welsh language plays in people’s daily lives and in the workplace. This event also demonstrates how being able to speak Welsh can boost employability.

Business Engagement Adviser (Wrexham) for Careers Wales Lesley Lloyd said: “The event at Rhosnesni High School gave young people exposure to many more insights about people’s career ‘journeys’ and shared valuable information about bilingual skills in the world of work and the opportunities using the Welsh language may bring.  “An indicator of the interest, commitment and satisfaction made by the supporting organisations is conveyed in their enthusiasm to participate in future Welsh in the workplace events at Wrexham schools.”

Further information on Welsh education in Wrexham can be viewed here.

Employers present were:

BCUHB, HSBC, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Coleg Cambria, Wrexam County Borough Council, Scottish Power Energy Network, Glyndwr University, Clwyd Alyn Housing, Big Ideas Wales, Freedom Leisure, Siop Siwan, Chwarae Teg, Magnox and Alun Griffiths Civil Engineering

Islwyn Jones of Big Ideas Wales with Elsi the Owl, Angela Taylor the career link at Ysgol Rhosnesni and Lesley Lloyd of Careers Wales

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