Everyone arrived at Ocean Park House in Cardiff on 21 July, ready for the Bilingualism@Work annual conference, which was co-organised with NTfW. All the delegates, including employers from all over South Wales took their seats after a morning coffee, ready for presentations from:

·      Sue Jeffries Managing Director, Sgil Cymru with Michael Pritchard Apprentice, Cardiff Theatrical Services and Nia Yorke Apprentice, ITV Cymru Wales
·      Jenine Gill, Director, Little Inspirations
·      Eleri Sparnon Jones Welsh Language Coordinator and Stuart Edwards Casework Team Leader, Land Registry
·      Caren Efans, Head of Sgiliaith.
·      Alun Gruffudd, Director, Swyddle.
·      Ryan Evans, Bilingualism Champion, NTfW.
·      Jackie Beckett, Consortium B-wbl.
·      Non Wilshaw (ACT Ltd) and Dean Stephens (Coleg QS).
·      Duncan Cole and Rhys Lloyd, Consortium ITEC Skills.

A Good Practice document was shared in the afternoon and an opportunity for Work Based Learning providers to share good practice, which they use every day in their workplace. This was an excellent opportunity to inspire others, and promote bilingualism in the Work Based Learning sector.
This was a special and motivating conference, which created an impression on the delegates. Here are a few of their comments:

“Really useful presentations, hearing about the benefits of bilingualism in work at relatively low cost.”
Jenine Gill was particularly good – so impressive and inspiring to see how her drive and passion is making such a positive difference.”

“There were lots of fresh ideas to go back and use, and also to share.”

So another successful conference, on such a wonderful day in Cardiff. It is great to see that Bilingualism@Work is going from strength to strength, giving us an opportunity to celebrate bilingualism in the Work Based Learning sector together. We are already looking forward to the next event!