Funding boost for Welsh apprenticeships

The Welsh government has announced it will invest an extra £15.5m in apprenticeships over the next two years.

And authorities have laid out a new plan to get more people into higher skills training. Skills minister Julie James says that by increasing investment in apprenticeships from £96m to £111.5m for 2017-18 it will deliver a “Stronger focus on both technical and professional skills,” for Wlaes going forward.

Launching the policy, James said the Welsh government will focus on four priority areas:

  • increasing the number of apprentices aged 16-19, by increasing the take up of apprenticeships by school leavers
  • addressing skills shortages, by developing apprenticeships in growth and emerging sectors such as ICT, Engineering, Construction and Financial and Professional Services.
  • developing higher level skills, by focusing on apprenticeships at level 4 and above
  • developing skills pathways, by integrating apprenticeships into the mainstream education system, making it easier for people to access them from other learning routes

“This policy highlights our intention to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, which will require higher levels of competence than in the past,” James said.

“It also contains a stronger focus on both technical and professional skills needed for high quality employment opportunities within our communities. This will send a strong message about the value of apprenticeships and technical education in supporting people into sustainable employment and self employment.”