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Urdd announces 60 new jobs as part of plans to rebuild for the future

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Welsh language youth organisation, Urdd Gobaith Cymru has launched a national recruitment campaign as part of plans to rebuild for the future. The boost in recruitment has been made possible due to the recent financial support by the Welsh Government.

Pre-Covid-19, the Urdd was the largest Welsh language employer within the third sector in Wales, with 328 members of staff. But the organisation was forced to cut its workforce by more than a half (54%) because of the pandemic.

The additional funding worth £1.3m by the Welsh Government will help safeguard key jobs, enable the Urdd to rebuild and create new job opportunities ahead of its centenary in 2022.

The recruitment campaign offers 60 full-time jobs across the organisation’s departments, located in centres and offices all over Wales, and includes 20 vacancies within the Apprenticeship Department.

The Urdd’s award-winning Apprenticeship Programme aims to develop and nurture a young, confident, and bilingual workforce and has benefited hundreds of young Welsh people since its inception.

“Supporting the younger generation is more important now than ever,” said the Urdd’s Chief Executive, Siân Lewis.

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“Children and young people have been affected more than anyone by the pandemic, and our recovery work focuses primarily on supporting the health and wellbeing of our youth, as well as providing vital job opportunities and invaluable training through the medium of Welsh.

“As a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, every penny of our income is reinvested to improve the lives of the youth of Wales. This latest grant from the Welsh Government is a significant boost as we start to rebuild following the impact of Covid-19 on our services and staffing situation. We also know the value of training, and firmly believe that hiring apprentices is an investment in the future.”

A complete list of all vacancies can be seen on the Urdd’s website: urdd.cymru/swyddi


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Swansea University students write the Urdd’s 2021 peace and goodwill message

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A group of Swansea University students has written this year’s Peace and Goodwill Message, which focuses on equality for women and girls. Now in its 99th year, this year’s message was launched in video form on Tuesday (18 May).

With the Covid-19 pandemic deepening pre-existing inequalities, the young people of Wales have decided to use the 2021 Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message as a platform to express their vision for a gender-equal generation. In a powerful message, they call on young people across the world to use the “new normal” to create a better future by ensuring equality for women and girls.

On 18 May for the past 99 years, the young people of Wales have shared a unique message of Peace and Goodwill, which has been received far and wide. The Urdd succeeded in getting 2020’s peace message, ‘Stop the Clock and Start Again’ further across the world than ever before. By translating the message into 57 languages and with a little help from their Welsh friends, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew Rhys and Michael Sheen, over 37 million people in over 40 countries were able to see the almost century-old Message of Peace and Goodwill.

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The 2021 Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message has been co-written by 21 Swansea University students after attending the organisation’s ‘Equality for Women and Girls’ workshop. It is available in more than 60 languages, which makes it the Urdd’s most translated Peace Message to date.

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Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: “We are extremely proud of the inspirational Peace and Goodwill Message created by Swansea University students this year. We are the first university to participate in drafting Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s annual message, and are delighted that our students have chosen to exemplify Swansea University’s global outlook and our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We hope that this international message, which has been translated into more than 60 languages, will bring together children and young people around the world, in shared optimism for a better future for us all.” 

The Peace and Goodwill Message is unique to Wales and has been relayed each year without fail since 1922, overcoming wars and major changes in methods of communication, from Morse Code to radio and television broadcast to the digital networks of today.

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Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s CEO, Siân Lewis, said: “The Urdd is leading by example and ensuring gender equality on all levels, proving that this year’s Peace Message is more than a hashtag. Gender equality and girls’ and women’s rights are all important to a future that delivers for everyone.

“We are very grateful to Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University for supporting the Message. It has been a privilege to work with the University given its clear commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusivity. The students’ enthusiasm and commitment to the Message and to making a difference is infectious – I am confident the Message will strike a chord across the world, and result in action.”

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Shannon Rowlands of Newcastle Emlyn, who contributed to writing this year’s Peace and Goodwill Message, said: “As a medical student, I’ve experienced and heard about instances of discrimination against women in medicine. Patients have taken for granted that I’m a student nurse instead of doctor because I’m a woman, and some of my female friends who aspire to be surgeons have unfortunately been told they should reconsider it as a career if they want children.

“I’ve been so fortunate to meet incredibly inspiring women while on work placements, proving that women can work in any area they want. Things are certainly improving, but there is still work to be done – and I am sure the same is true of other professions.”


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