The Eisteddfod and the North-west Consortium for Learning Welsh want to hear from companies and businesses in Anglesey who would like to register for free Welsh lessons before the festival.
Businesses are encouraged to complete an online survey which will help us to tailor bespoke courses for the private sector on the island.
Experiencing a Welsh welcome is important to many Eisteddfod visitors, and the taster and confidence boosting courses will be held to help people to develop the use of Welsh when dealing with customers. The courses will take place during the period up to the Eisteddfod, and the survey includes a number of questions to make signing up and attending courses as easy as possible for businesses.
The Eisteddfod strongly believes that it is important to help businesses prepare for the festival, and offering lessons to develop language skills and confidence is an important part of this work. Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, says, “Encouraging businesses to develop their use of Welsh is part of our aim when travelling around Wales.
“We hope to attract around 150,000 visitors to the Eisteddfod on Anglesey this year, and many of these will be staying and using local businesses during their visit. The Eisteddfod is a great chance to think of new and unusual ways to attract customers and the Welsh language is an important factor for many of our visitors.
“We are pleased to be working with the North-west Consortium for Learning Welsh on preparing and delivering courses this year. We have worked together for many years, and we hope that lots of companies and businesses will take advantage of these free courses over the next few months.”
Ifor Gruffydd, Director at the North-west Consortium for Learning Welsh, added, “This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to take advantage of the chance to train their staff free of charge, easily improving their customer service. This will enable businesses to offer a Welsh language service, not only to Eisteddfodwyr but to local people following the festival.
The survey is available to complete online until 25 April, or businesses can ring the Eisteddfod office on 0845 4090 400 for a paper copy. Go to the Eisteddfod website, www.eisteddfod.wales/anglesey-2017/maes-d or www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dysgu-cymraeg to complete the survey. Course details will be announced in June.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August, and tickets are now available. Early bird bargain tickets available until 30 June, online at www.eisteddfod.wales or by ringing 0845 4090 800.
For more information on the work of the North-west Consortium for Learning Welsh and learning Welsh locally, go to www.bangor.ac.uk/cio/index.php.en or ring 01248 382 752.