Apprentice furlough and redundancy numbers continue to fall; Colleges warn that additional support still needed

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ColegauCymru today welcomes the publication of Welsh Government statistics highlighting the falling number of apprentices furloughed or made redundant up to 27 August 2021. 

ColegauCymru Director of Development Kelly Edwards, said

“Our FE colleges are proudly the primary provider of apprenticeships in Wales, and whilst the numbers published are encouraging, we’re calling for continued additional support for those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic to ensure that all apprentices are given the same opportunity to complete their qualifications.”

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies, added

“Apprentices are a key contributor to the economic recovery of Wales in a post-pandemic world. It’s essential that we provide the appropriate support to allow them to complete their qualifications by gaining the workplace experience needed so that they can progress in their careers.”

Whilst the overall trend is positive, the charity has warned that the data published also highlights the inequalities amongst different groups, including, young males, and those of mixed race, as well as those working in the leisure, sport, hospitality and travel industries. A specific focus must be made on bridging these gaps. 

Iestyn Davies concluded,

“As we enter into the period when Welsh Government is deciding on its budget for 2022/23 continued investment in all aspects of skills must remain a priority.”

Further Information

Welsh Government Statistics
Apprentices furloughed or made redundant during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: up to 27 August 2021
7 September 2021

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