Lights, camera, action as Morlais contractor stars in Careers Wales campaign

Hefin Lloyd-Davies, Contracts Director with Morlais contractor, Jones Bros has appeared front and centre of a Careers Wales campaign recently to promote the benefits of the Welsh language in business.

The civil engineering firm which is currently working on the construction of Morlais sub station was contacted by Careers Wales after it discovered the Welsh language policy at Jones Bros, and the value it placed on liaising with the local community in Welsh.

Careers Wales, a subsidiary of Welsh Government, provides impartial advice to students as they start planning their future and think about the world of work.

The organisation’s current campaign focuses on the value and advantages of Welsh language and bilingual skills in support of Cymraeg 2050, Welsh Government policy to reach one million speakers.

Hefin was interviewed at the project site in Welsh and English as part of the campaign and appeared on BBC Radio Cymru’s Dros Frecwast show. He said: “It was wonderful to showcase the Welsh language at a site where it is so prominently spoken. On a project like Morlais, many of the staff talk to each other in Welsh as well as with the local residents.

It sounds so simple, but to be able to explain what we’re doing, how long we intend to take, and the impact it will have, in Welsh, is really important to people.”

Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, a director with Morlais added: “We pride ourselves on benefiting the community, so it’s great that those working on site and in our offices can speak their mother tongue when they come to work. Jones Bros working with Careers Wales on this campaign showcases the Welsh language in a sector that isn’t widely recognised for its use of the language.”

The project is funded by the European Regional Development fund through the Welsh Government.  It is also supported by the Isle of Anglesey County Council, North Wales Growth Deal, as well as The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.