Press release

Welsh Secretary launches ‘Cymraeg Proffesiynol’ – the Welsh language degree aimed at Welsh business

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP will join thousands of visitors all heading to Abergavenny this week to celebrate the best of Welsh culture and language at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. (29 July – 6 August)

Eisteddfod tents

The Welsh Secretary, representing the UK Government, on Tuesday 2 August will launch Bangor University’s new BA (Hons) degree course, ‘Cymraeg Proffesiynol’ (Professional Welsh.)

Addressing an audience of Bangor University professors, alumni and wider stakeholders, the Welsh Secretary will highlight the importance of this new degree to Welsh employers. A course that studies and focuses on the practical and occupational aspects of the Welsh language, will in return produce a skilled Welsh speaking workforce, helping to secure a bright future for the language.

The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP said:

I am honoured to speak at the launch of Bangor University’s new course, Cymraeg Proffesiynol. It is clear that this course is a response to employers who require a unique skill of Welsh, suitable for the work place. This is a remarkable testimony of where the Welsh language is today and to launch Cymraeg Proffesiynol at the National Eisteddfod is very fitting.

The Eisteddfod is the highlight of Wales’ cultural calendar and attracts over 150,000 attendees from all across the world. Year on year it provides the perfect back drop for Wales to showcase its cultural talent and promote the Welsh language.

The Welsh Secretary said:

As a Welsh speaker I am very proud of the Eisteddfod and what it means to the Welsh people. There’s a team who work very hard behind the scenes to ensure its success. I hope that 2016 is a triumphant year for exhibitors, competitors and for the local business community too.

The Secretary of State will also visit other universities in attendance and will address a third sector audience at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) reception, launching their 2016 awards.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Guto Bebb MP will attend the National Eisteddfod of Wednesday 3 August. The Wales Office Minister will visit a number of different exhibitors ranging from Dwr Cymru, Blaenavon World Heritage Site and the Wales Argentina Society. He will also tour the BBC Wales and S4C compound.

The Wales Office Minister said:

It is always a joy to join the thousands of Eisteddfod attendees coming together to celebrate the Welsh language, culture and arts. The Eisteddfod puts Wales on the international festival stage and promotes our heritage to the wider world - the impact of this can not be underestimated. I wish all of this year’s competitors ‘pob lwc’ and every success to the whole Eisteddfod.

Published 2 August 2016