Scholarships of up to £2,000 for Tutors of Tomorrow
The National Centre for Learning Welsh, in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, is offering scholarships of up to £2,000 to enable students to get a taste of working as a Learn Welsh tutor or a Welsh teacher.
The Centre will hold a two-week training course in the summer of 2023, which will introduce them to the Learn Welsh for adults sector. There will also be an opportunity to spend up to two weeks observing Welsh classes in secondary schools.
The aim of the scholarships is to encourage more young people to work in the Learn Welsh sector, and to introduce them to the possibilities of a career in education.
This is the second time for the Centre to hold its two-week training course. Elinor Staniforth, who now works as a trainee Learn Welsh tutor, took part in last year’s course.
She said, “The course was great, and I really enjoyed it. The part I enjoyed most was the inspiration I got from the tutors who came to talk about their experiences working as a tutor. They were so passionate about learning Welsh and how it can change people's lives – and, as someone who has learnt Welsh, I can relate to that.
"It was also wonderful to meet Welsh speakers the same age as me. I grew up in Cardiff, but I don't know many people my age who speak Welsh, so it was great to meet so many other young people who are passionate about the language.
"The course is suitable for young people who are interested in the Welsh language. You learn a lot about the Learn Welsh sector and I found it really interesting."
Helen Prosser, Director of Teaching and Learning at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said, “It was such a pleasure to spend two weeks in the company of 12 students on last year’s training course.
“Following practical sessions, observing lessons and talks with guest speakers, I’m proud to say that six of the young people are already working as Learn Welsh tutors.
"Some of the most experienced tutors in the Learn Welsh sector will be working on the course again this year. We’re also delighted to be able to offer an optional extra two weeks observing Welsh lessons in a Welsh-medium or English-medium secondary school.
“We welcome applications from students from all backgrounds and look forward to offering them valuable learning and teaching experiences.”
As well as offering a scholarship of up to £2,000, the Centre will also pay accommodation and subsistence costs to the successful applicants while in Cardiff, if required.
Helen added, "With such a demand for Learn Welsh tutors and Welsh teachers across Wales, we need a steady supply of new talent and this is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of the work.
"Students studying any subject can apply - we're looking for people who can inspire others to learn and speak Welsh, and who have strong Welsh language skills themselves.”
The closing date for applications for the scholarship is January 31, 2023 and the successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2023.
More information on the scholarships can be found at: Learn Welsh Tutors | Learn Welsh