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The Week That Was #115... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From shining the light on teenage entrepreneurs and Welsh speaking initiatives, via international trips, charity launches and award dos, here’s what we’ve been up to this week…


1.Stage lights shine on Blackwood film prop designer

This week we’ve been telling the story of a modest young entrepreneur who has been designing and selling film replica props internationally, all of which she makes from her workshop in her garden in Blackwood. Charlotte Williams is the next in the line of inspiring young businesspeople who have engaged with Big Ideas Wales, the youth entrepreneurship service for 18-25-year olds.

From full suits of armour to 8ft pin wheels, nothing is too big a challenge for Charlotte’s creative eye (okay, within reason). With the support of Big Ideas Wales, she’s hoping to expand her business and outputs even further. We’ve shared this story across south Wales, picking up a full-page feature in the South Wales Argus as well as coverage with key business titles. Read Charlotte’s story here.

2.Launching KIRAN, a charity to help communities accept different cultures

This week we launched a new charity at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.  KIRAN (Knowledge based Intercommunity Relationship and Awareness Network) aims to encourage the integration and acceptance of people from diverse cultures, religious and ethnic backgrounds in local communities.  Tamasree Mukhopadhyay, KIRAN’s founder, has worked with charities in India since the age of 14, and recently finished a project supporting destitute women in Kolkata learn new skills.  Wanting to apply her skills to communities in Wales, Tamasree decided to set up the charity with the support of Kings Monkton School.  The event was hosted by Mark Isherwood AM and was also attended by Mark Drakeford AM, Jenny Rathbone AM and Cardiff’s Honorary Consulate for India. Any schools or community groups looking to learn more should make contact via the KIRAN website.

3. Swapping the Valleys for the Mediterranean

Imagine working towards your dream career while exploring the beautiful city of Venice… not a bad way to spend your time is it? For four lucky learners from Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Campus, that was just the case. The aspiring teachers, who are hoping to work with primary school and nursery children, spent two weeks in the Italian town of Castelfranco Veneto, just 25 miles from Venice, to take part in work placements with local schools. And, one of the learners impressed her Italian counterparts so much that she’s been invited back for a role once she finished her studies.

You can read more about the story in the Caerphilly Observer here.

4.Small businesses get free Welsh language support

Today our Cymraeg team are in Haverfordwest launching a free Welsh for Business Service, which forms part of the Welsh Government’s vision to see a million Welsh speakers by 2050. If you want to make Welsh a part of your small business, and appeal to the 82% of Welsh speakers who would choose a business that uses Welsh over one that does not, then seek out one of the 12 dedicated officers throughout Wales on hand to help make the language more visible. You can find them here.  Our story was shared on BBC Radio Wales this morning, with further coverage across Wales on the way.

5. And the Award goes to...

Last night saw the great and the good of the Welsh tech sector come together to celebrate the champions of their industry at the 2018 Wales Technology Awards. From computer chips and compound semi-conductors, to apps you click, here in Wales we design, develop, and integrate some of the world’s leading technology with the power to revolutionise the ways we all work and live.

Thanks to the ESTnet, the network for Wales’ technology sector, the Awards champion the outstanding achievements and innovations made by that diverse sector. For a full list of the night’s winners visit:  

And finally…

You’ll no doubt have heard all about GDPR. It’s been all over the news and is coming into force on the 25th May. So, what does that mean for us? Well, if you’d still like to hear about how we’ve been hitting the headlines, you’ll need to let us know.

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