Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills
The aim of the Welsh for Adults programme is to provide opportunities for adults to learn Welsh in their local communities, in their workplaces or to use with their families. The ongoing importance of Welsh for Adults in offering opportunities for adults to learn Welsh is emphasised in the Welsh Government’s Welsh-medium Education Strategy. The programme is also important in the context of the Welsh Government’s Language Strategy, A Living Language: A Language for Living and the aim of seeing the language thrive.
In July 2013, Raising your sights: review of Welsh for Adults was published. The report was prepared by an independent group, chaired by Dr Haydn Edwards, established to review Welsh for Adults provision in terms of learner attainment, curriculum content, provision structures and value for money.
The Welsh Government welcomed the report and its recommendations, accepting most of them in full in December 2013. A detailed response to the recommendations of the Review Group can be seen on the Welsh Government website.
The main recommendation of the Review Group was to establish a National Entity to be responsible for leading the Welsh for Adults sector strategically on a national level. Following an open grant competition, I am pleased to announce today that the successful applicant, which will host the new National Entity and lead the Welsh for Adults sector in the future, is University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
I am confident that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s emphasis on the learner experience and its long term vision for Welsh for Adults will lead to exciting changes. Ensuring that adults have opportunities to learn Welsh is a key commitment for the Welsh Government and I look forward to working with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to move the sector forward.