Young people, business leaders and training providers will gather in Cardiff today (29th September) for The Real Conversation on the Welsh language.
The event is an opportunity for people to air ideas on the benefits and opportunities of using Welsh language in the world of work, and voice their opinions in a safe environment.
It also provides a forum for young people to speak directly with decision makers to understand what employers expect from young people and what language skills they are really looking for to help their businesses succeed.
Employers will share their experiences on how the language is currently being used in the world of work and how it has impacted on their business and also gain honest insight into what barriers young people face and the impact these may be having on their careers.
Discussions will help support and inform the Welsh Government’s vision of one million people speaking Welsh by 2050, ensuring that the future workforce in Wales are equipped with the skills and attitudes to help fulfil their potential, whatever future career choices they make.
The event will be co-hosted by BBC Wales’ Catrin Heledd and Welsh business expert Huw Thomas.
Speaking ahead of the event, Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Language, Alun Davies said:
“It’s great that businesses and young people are able to come together like this and explore the benefits and opportunities of using Welsh in business and consider how any perceived or real barriers can be overcome.
“I want young people across Wales to be equipped with the right skills and attitude, so they can fulfil their potential whatever choices they make in their future working lives.
“Too often the Welsh language is accused of being a money drain when, in reality, it is an asset to businesses in these challenging economic times. A recently published report shows Menter Caerdydd generated an estimated economic value of £1.9m for Cardiff in 2014-15.
“Events like this also support and guide the Welsh Government's vision to reach one million of Welsh speakers by 2050 as we look to take the language forward in a way that is both pro-active and proportionate.”