Last week saw a series of positive job announcements from the Welsh Labour led Government. This included a very welcome Welsh Government investment in Celsa steel to safeguard high quality jobs across and beyond our constituency.
During #Jobsweek the Welsh Government launched its new Apprenticeship Policy, which sets out its vision for addressing the needs of Welsh businesses and the wider economy. The policy and its five year action plan sets out how the Welsh Government will support the delivery of our manifesto commitment to create a minimum of 100,000 high quality apprentices in Wales over this Assembly term.The policy focusses on four priority areas, increasing the number of apprentices aged 16-19; addressing skills shortages particularly in sectors such as engineering, construction and financial; developing higher level skills and developing skills pathways.
Apprenticeships have a tremendous economic and social value. The Labour led Welsh Government recognises the importance that apprenticeships play in creating a highly qualified workforce. They are of enormous benefit not only for the apprentice but also for the businesses training them. They can fill a skills gap and allow businesses the opportunity to tailor their workforce around their specific needs. According to Welsh Government research more than 80% of businesses say that apprentices have made their workplace more productive. Apprenticeships are key to achieving economic success and building a stronger and fairer Wales.
The policy also outlines how the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy will be managed in Wales. The Levy is an employment tax imposed by the Conservative UK Government which is due to come into effect on 6 April 2017. The Welsh Government has made it clear that the levy directly conflicts with areas of devolved responsibility, completely overlooks and undermines our very distinctive approach to supporting apprenticeships in Wales. Despite the headline claims made for the levy it does not bring significant extra resource to Wales. To help minimise the impact of the levy the Welsh Government will be increasing its own investment in apprenticeships from £96 million to £111.5 million for 2017-18. This brings the Welsh Labour Government's total investment in apprenticeships and traineeships next year to over £126 million.
I am proud of the Welsh Government’s commitment to helping thousands of people into training and benefitting businesses across Wales. I am particularly proud that Wales leads the way in the UK with apprenticeship completion rates remaining over 80%, considerably higher than the 69% success rate in England. Apprenticeships were a feature of the conversations on the doorstep in Penarth in the 2016 Assembly election campaign. We already have much to be proud of when it comes to our apprenticeship record in Wales. Even more importantly we are delivering against the promises that we made to the people of Wales to be ambitious for our future.
If you would like any further information then please get in touch with my office on 0300 200 7150.
Last week saw a series of positive job announcements from the Welsh Labour led Government. This included a very welcome Welsh Government investment in Celsa steel to safeguard high quality...
Cardiff South and Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething has pledged to ‘make every daffodil count’ during February and March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.
Vaughan Gething AM joined forces with Marie Curie Nurses Carolyn Gent and Jan Palmer at an event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 8th February to help launch the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.
As well lending his support to the appeal, Mr Gething is also encouraging his constituents to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin, available from volunteers across Wales and in Superdrug, Spar and Savers stores and Wyevale garden centres.
Vaughan Gething said: “Funds raised through the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal help provide care and support to people at a time when they need it the most. I am proud to ‘make every daffodil count’ for Marie Curie, and I hope the people of Wales will join me in supporting people affected by terminal illness across the country.”
Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Wales, for Marie Curie, added: “To have the support of Vaughan Gething makes a huge difference to Marie Curie. With their help we are able to raise awareness about what we do and reach more people who need us.
“Our services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin this February and March. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones, in homes across Wales, as well as in the charity’s Cardiff & the Vale Hospice in Penarth.”
The Great Daffodil appeal is now in its 31st year.
Cardiff South and Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething has pledged to ‘make every daffodil count’ during February and March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people...
Plans for an investment of £20 million for those with addition learning needs have been announced by Minister for Lifelong Learning Alun Davies.
The Welsh Government wants to improve results and aspirations of those who need extra support in the education system. £10m of the funding is part of the additional £100 million extra investment over the Assembly term to improve school standards.
The new funding will be supplemented by an investment directed from existing budgets – expected to be a further £10m over the remaining Assembly term. While this is subject to confirmation of budgets at the next spending review, protecting this funding will be a priority.
In December the Welsh Government revealed proposals for an ambitious law to create a bold new approach to supporting learners with additional learning needs (ALN). If passed, the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Bill will completely overhaul the system for supporting pupils with ALN, affecting every classroom in Wales.
The £20 million of planned investment will support ALN learners in a range of ways over the next five years, including helping the education sector transfer to new system set out in the Bill, encouraging organisations to work closely together, developing the workforce and raising awareness of ALN.
Last year just 23% of learners with ALN achieved five good GCSE’s including Maths and Welsh or English compared to 59% of all pupils and Ministers want to improve on this.
Alun Davies said:
“Our aim is to raise standards and extend opportunities for all our young people. Children and young people with additional learning needs make up almost a quarter of our school population; we cannot raise standards without targeting resources and improvement activities towards this group of learners.
“This £20m funding package builds on investments we have already made in transforming additional learning needs provision in Wales.
“This funding will help develop the skills of frontline staff to better support ALN learners. It is essential that all staff including early years professionals, teachers, FE lecturers and support staff are all aware of the new approach.
“Our ambition is for classroom teachers and FE lecturers will have the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of all learners. We want to ensure the new system is introduced in a way which ensures learners with additional learning needs are able to access the benefits of the new system as quickly as possible, balanced against the need to ensure services and professionals are ready to deliver it.”
Plans for an investment of £20 million for those with addition learning needs have been announced by Minister for Lifelong Learning Alun Davies. The Welsh Government wants to improve...