Additional funding vital to ensure completion of vocational programmes and to support apprentices

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ColegauCymru has today warmly welcomed the additional funding announced by Welsh Government to enable the safe return of learners to college to complete their studies.  

A substantial £26.5m of a total £29m will be allocated specifically to support the continuation and completion of vocational programmes with additional finance for mental health and wellbeing support for both FE learners and apprentices.  

ColegauCymru Chair Guy Lacey said, 

“We are heartened by the Minister’s recognition of the challenges facing both vocational programmes of study and apprenticeships in the ongoing pandemic and wholeheartedly welcome today’s announcement.”  

The additional funding will allow for increased provision and support so that learners can access the facilities and equipment they need. This priority group of learners will be able to safely return to college following the half term break.  

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added, 

“The FE sector in Wales has long championed the importance of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, both for learners and for economic prosperity. This is despite the common misconception that they have less value than the academic equivalents. We continue to be grateful to the Minister and government colleagues in their proactive approach to ensuring that all post-16 learners are given a level playing field with regards to their education.” 

Further Information

Welsh Government Press Release 
£29 million extra support for further education students 
7 February 2021

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