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A chance to help shape the future of the language

People with an interest in the Welsh language are being invited to apply for brand new roles to help shape the future of the language.

Adverts will be out next week to begin the process of appointing members to two different and separate entities, to be established under the new Welsh Language Measure.

One of these will be the Advisory Panel to the Welsh Language Commissioner. It will provide impartial and independent advice to the new Commissioner, Meri Huws, on matters relating to her responsibilities and powers, which will include imposing duties on organisations via Welsh language standards, advising the Welsh Ministers and others on language policy - and conducting inquiries into matters relating to the Welsh language.

The Panel will consist of between three and five members who will be appointed for three years. The panel will be established before the end of April 2012.

The second entity is the Welsh Language Partnership Council, which will advise Welsh Ministers on the implementation of their new Welsh Language Strategy and the preparation of an annual action plan for the Strategy.

Council members will also be expected to share good practice in relation to the Strategy’s aims and act as language champions within the sectors they represent.

Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews said:

“As the Minister with responsibility for the Welsh language I am determined to ensure that the Welsh Language Commissioner can turn to a first class Advisory Panel. I also look forward to working with the Welsh Language Partnership Council in order to drive forward our Welsh language strategy as effectively as possible. For both of these entities, I am keen to attract a high calibre of candidates with a sound knowledge of the Welsh language.”

The closing date for applications is 2 March.

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