Yr Atom to host ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ evening offering advice to local businesses


A ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ evening, which will provide free advice to local businesses and prospective employees, is being held at Yr Atom next month. 

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This latest event is one of many events held at Yr Atom this year with the aim of supporting local businesses and organisations within the town.  The objective of this latest event is to offer advice to local business owners and demonstrate how the Welsh language can benefit their businesses.  It will also be an opportunity for businesses, employees and the local community to give their opinion on bilingualism.  A panel of local business people has been lined up to discuss the use of bilingualism in their businesses and to answer any questions.  The panel which includes Janet Collins o LHP, Eurig Lewis from Jackie James and Justin Thomas from Aramar, will be chaired by Radio Cymru presenter Marc Griffiths.

Earlier in the year up to 50 of the town’s business owners and leaders attended the first ever business breakfast event held at Yr Atom.  During that first event those present discovered more about what Yr Atom has to offer and what support and help is available to businesses in the town.  As a result of the successful business breakfast events and following positive feedback from those who attended Yr Atom staff have decided to hold further events to bring the town’s business community together.      

Angharad Harding, Manager at Yr Atom said:

“Following the extremely successful business events held at yr Atom earlier in the year and the interest generated we’ve decided to hold a further event next month.  This will be a bilingual session to discuss the importance of the Welsh Language in the workplace. We want to hear from businesses, employees and the local community and give them the opportunity to express their opinion on bilingualism. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to members of the panel who have a lot of experience of using the Welsh language in their businesses and to find out more about what works for them. 

The aim of the ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ event is to demonstrate that being able to use Welsh and English fluently is not only a big advantage for your business but it’s also an advantage for those who are looking for work.  Many employers value Welsh Language Skills because they can help create a better relationship between a company and its customers; helping to attract new customers and increase loyalty from existing customers.  It has been shown that using Welsh can generate goodwill, particularly in Welsh-speaking areas like Carmarthenshire. Many customers like to deal with businesses that offer a Welsh experience – seeing and hearing the Welsh language being used is vital for many people when they decide who they will use.

Also, if you're an employee looking for work your Welsh language skills could be a valued asset. Being able to speak and communicate in Welsh is a skill which is valued by employers in Wales as there is an increased demand in certain sectors, such as healthcare and childcare, from employers for staff who can communicate in Welsh.  Once again we look forward to welcoming everybody to Yr Atom and if anybody would like further information please get in touch.”

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ event is being held on Thursday, September 14th  starting at 5:30pm at Yr Atom, 18 Kings Street, Carmarthen.  To find our more information about the event please contact Angharad Harding at Yr Atom on 0300 3231848 or ymholiadau@yratom.cymru     

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk