Ambitious Welsh Government economic mission is not possible without sustained investment in apprenticeships and high-quality education and training

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ColegauCymru has today welcomed the Minister for the Economy’s ambition for a stronger Welsh economy, ‘built by all of us’, but warns of a need for sustained investment in key education areas to achieve this for the long-term benefit of Wales.

ColegauCymru Chief Executive, David Hagendyk, said,

“Colleges support the Welsh Government’s new economic mission but we need to see the detail of how this will be achieved. In particular, the vision needs to be backed up by a commitment to sustained investment in apprenticeships and in high-quality vocational education and training.

With the Welsh Government draft budget just weeks from being published it is vital that they focus on making choices in the long-term interest of workers and employers. This must mean protecting funding for apprenticeships and further education so that young people and adults have the opportunity they need to access high-quality, well-paid jobs and that employers can access the skills they need to grow and be successful. Cutting funding for apprenticeships and FE when our economic recovery is so fragile would be the wrong decision at the wrong time.”

Further Information

Welsh Government Press Release
Economy Minister sets out top priorities for a stronger Welsh economy ‘built by all of us’
28 November 2023

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