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Welsh Language Skills Matrix

Can I work for Powys County Council if I don't speak Welsh?

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for some positions but may only be desirable for others. The Welsh Competency Level will be stated in the job description. 

The opportunity for all abilities to learn Welsh is available once you have started work with the Authority.

Competency levelDefinition
1I can, or am prepared to learn within a reasonable time period how to, pronounce Welsh personal and place-names correctly, and I can give and respond to basic greetings on the telephone or in person.
2Able to communicate routine tasks requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Able to handle very short social exchanges without necessarily understanding enough to keep the conversation going.
3Able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Able to enter into an unprepared conversation on topics that are familiar or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work).
4Able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with native speakers possible. Able to take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts.
5Able to take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. Able to express fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.



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  • Phone: 01597 826409
  • Address: Recruitment Team, Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG


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