The Week That Was #375

1. Investing in the future at Coleg y Cymoedd

From a fully refurbished award-winning restaurant to state-of-the-art robotics and VR studios, Coleg y Cymoedd has invested over £9m into the future of its learners this year by revamping its Ystrad Mynach campus. As the College unveiled its newly refurbished campus to school representatives, industry partners and local government, we were on site to capture and showcase the investments made into the facilities, achieving coverage in Business News Wales, Insider, The South Wales Argus, Wales 247 and The Caerphilly Observer. It couldn’t be a more exciting time to be a learner at Coleg y Cymoedd!

2. Schooling Welsh students on the benefit of studying Cymraeg Lefel A

“You’re like gold dust”. The infamous words Katie Hall, lead singer of Welsh band Chroma, used to describe the benefits of studying Welsh A Level at the beginning of our Choose Cymraeg Lefel A campaign. This week, Katie’s words – alongside those of other Welsh language role models including Miriam Isaac and Trystan Ap Owen – appeared at Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl on a range of banners, flyers, posters and bookmarks developed by the Working Word team for the Choose Cymraeg Lefel A roadshow. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol will be appearing at a series of schools across Wales in the coming weeks, sharing far and wide the benefits studying Welsh A Level has on learners’ academic futures. Be sure to keep up to date with the roadshow – and our vibrant assets – on Instagram here!

3. Celebrating Itec’s 4th annual EOT Day

Skills and training provider, Itec has just celebrated its fourth year as a 100% employee-owned trust. Founded over 40 years ago, Itec operates over 18 sites in Wales and England employing over 180 staff, who each have a stake in the business. We helped the team celebrate this milestone by providing internal comms support, such as a Q+A with the company directors and brownie deliveries to the Itec offices, and shared this milestone with key media titles such as Business News Wales and FE News.  

4.Calling out Welsh employers alongside Open University in Wales

Business-as-usual must come to an end. This is the message we shared from The Open University in Wales and British Chamber of Commerce this week in the wake of the annual Business Barometer report. The report provides a temperature check on the UK-wide skills landscape and topline stats find that three quarters of employers are continuing to feel the wrath of skills shortages. The Open University in Wales is encouraging employers to place more focus on up-skilling and re-training existing employees, citing its free, bilingual hybrid working courses as a tool that can help businesses adapt in a post-Covid world. Read the full report for Wales on Wales 24/7 and Nation.Cymru.

5. Touring musical theatre group demonstrates the reach of Cymraeg across the Celtic diaspora

Singers and poets from across Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the ‘Old North’ have come together for a touring production of ‘Myrddin Wyllt’, The Real Merlin. The performance celebrates the heritage and identity of the devolved nations and with a high proportion of Cymraeg narrative, tells the tale of this medieval, Welsh legend. Having played in Scotland, the show now comes to Wales next week and moves onto Ireland in September. We shared the news of the production coming to Caernarfon, Aberystwyth and Dinefwr, and how it explores early Welsh language, gaining coverage with the South Wales Guardian, Wales247 and Golwg.