Mudiad Meithrin has turned to the big screen for the first time in a bid to attract Welsh speakers and confident Welsh learners who can apply for free training to work with young children through the medium of Welsh.
The National Training Scheme run by Mudiad Meithrin offers a 100 people the chance to train for a Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in the workplace.
But this year for the first time Mudiad Meithrin has decided to show a 20 second promotional film in two north Wales cinemas in an efffort to reach new audiences and to extend its reach.
The advert for the training scheme will be shown at Holyhead’s Empire Cinema and Cell B Cinema, Blaenau Ffestiniog as well as on S4C from Monday 14 May until the end of May. A similar advert will also be broadcast on Heart FM and Capital FM radio stations.
Harri Jones, ‘Cam wrth Gam’ National Manager, said:
“Mudiad Meithrin decided to advertise the National Training Scheme in independent cinemas as well as television and radio this year because we wanted to ensure that we reach a different market. We are also delighted to support community ventures such as these cinemas in Holyhead and Blaenau Ffestiniog.”
One of the stars of the film is Natasha Jones of Cylch Meithrin Morswyn, near Holyhead, who has has nearly completed this year’s course. Natasha said:
“I decided to do this course because it starts in September and this suited us better because the children were starting school full-time that month. Consequently I had enough time to concentrate on my work.”
Another of the film’s leading lights is Sarah-Jane Hayward, who completed the course two years ago and is now joint leader of Cylch Meithrin Rhaeadr in Rhayader.
“I hadn’t spoken Welsh since I was in school 20 years ago. But it came flooding back quickly and the tutors were very supportive. I would urge anyone who wants to do the course and is learning Wwelsh to give it a go.”
The Welsh-medium course runs from September 2018 until August 2019 with the closing date for applications being 1st of June this year.
Successful applicants will have to be based training with children in early years settings for 16 hours a week during term time at either a Cylch Meithrin, Day Nursery or Welsh-medium Primary School.They will also attend a series of seven workshops during the year.
Amongst the jobs those qualifying from the course can apply for after training are a crèche practitioner or an assistant at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club or a classroom assistant at a primary school. They can also work as a leader at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club, Cylch Chwarae or as a day nursery manager or deputy manager.
To date the course has trained more than 2,100 practitioners to be able to work in the early years sector through the medium of Welsh.
If you wish to apply to be considered as a candidate for a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (QCF) then fill in the application form on the Mudiad Meithrin website www.meithrin.cymru/applicationform and return to by 1st of June 2018.