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18th September 2015

New report highlights 'The Value of Apprenticeships to Wales'

A report commissioned by the National Training Federation Wales into the 'Value of Apprenticeships in Wales' claims that government funds spent on apprenticeship training is money well spent, helping to plug the skills gap in our national economy.

The report was launched at the Senedd on September 16. The launch was attended by Assembly Members, employers, apprentices, providers and other key stakeholders. Malcolm Perrett attended on behalf of Care Forum Wales.

In its preface to the report the NTfW said: "We believe that this report is an important contribution to the on-going discussions regarding supporting economic growth, up-skilling the Welsh workforce, public investment priorities and ensuring all young people reach their full potential."

"We believe the evidence presented in this report endorses the continued commitment to apprenticeships in Wales. In a time of pressure on public finances we understand that government must face difficult budgetary decisions, and the information highlights notonly the benefits to individuals, employers, the economy and to society but also endorses the historic decisions to prioritise spending in this area.

"It is also clear that investment in apprenticeships ensures delivery of other key government targets and priorities such as plugging the skills gap and addressing the number of young people not in education, employment or training."

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