Employer representatives have joined together to call for funding to be protected for Welsh Government flagship apprenticeship programme, to ensure the economic prosperity of Wales.
In this open letter, FSB Wales, CBI Wales, CIPD, Make UK, NTfW and ColegauCymru say that cuts to apprenticeship programme will undermine new economic mission and cut talent pipeline for employers.
The Welsh Government will publish its draft budget on 19 December which is likely to signal very challenging times ahead for the further education and work-based learning sectors. ColegauCymru has previously highlighted concern about the impact of potential reduced budgets across both apprenticeships and the wider FE offer.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Dave Hagendyk said,
“With such a breadth of support from employer representatives, this sends a clear message to Welsh Government of the concern felt across industry.
Further education and apprenticeships are not a ‘nice to have’, but are fundamental, to our economic recovery and building the prosperity of Wales. Our colleges provide opportunities for learners to access the skills and training which employers are calling for to help achieve this.”
Rachel Cable, Director of Policy and Public Affairs