Public Services students at Deeside College have been undertaking basic Welsh classes to assist with their future careers plans.
The classes are especially relevant to those hoping to join one of the emergency services organisations, in particular North Wales Police. In 2004 the force took part in a pilot scheme to train all new Police Officers locally in North Wales. At this point the opportunity was taken to establish Welsh lessons as an obligatory part of the initial course curriculum for new Officers. This has now been extended to include all new Police staff.
Students taking part in the classes will learn a range of phrases; greetings and requests and will be tested at the end of the course. In addition to learning Welsh in their classes, the students are also able to access Welsh lessons via their computer on the College’s Student Intranet and also via a specially made CD-ROM. By taking part in the sessions learners will also achieve the Wales, Europe and the World module of their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, which is welcomed by employers and a large number of Universities across the UK.
Deeside College Welsh Language Co-ordinator Non Lewis-Edwards, who is delivering the course said: For students wishing to join one of the emergency service organisations once they leave Deeside College, it is essential that they have some use of the Welsh language. By undertaking these classes, the students are starting to realise and appreciate the importance of the Welsh language in contemporary Wales.”
Kieran Evans from Mold who is hoping to join the Police after completing his course at Deeside College said: “Getting the chance to learn Welsh before I start to apply for the Police is excellent. I’m sure the lessons will strengthen my application and I’m looking forward to practicing the phrases I’m learning soon.”