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National Apprenticeship Week sees Welsh Government closing in on targets

As National Apprenticeship Week 2020 gets underway, the Welsh Government have proudly announced that their target of producing more than 100,000 all-age apprenticeships throughout the current assembly term is set to be exceeded.

Various events are set to be organised over the course of this National Apprenticeship Week to further efforts of reaching the Government’s apprenticeship target, however a large proportion of these apprenticeships have been already made after 74,000 individuals became apprentices since the programme commenced.

These apprenticeships have been created under the Welsh Apprenticeship Programme which is funded by a partnership of the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.

The Welsh Economy Minister Ken Skates stated: “In my role, I have met apprentices in all parts of Wales and it is fantastic to see how they have grasped the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their knowledge and build confidence.

“It is clear that apprenticeships make a significant contribution to the Welsh economy and drive our vision for a prosperous Wales.

“As a government, we are committed to seeing our workforce grow and our investment in apprenticeships is a great example of that.

“I want to see Wales lead the way and be a prime example to nations around the globe of how investing in apprenticeships can reap major benefits.

“With unemployment in Wales at a record low and our manifesto target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships in this assembly set to be exceeded, the Welsh Government can be rightly proud of the actions we are taking to supercharge our economy.

“Apprenticeship Week offers us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the tangible and very real difference apprentices and their employers make.

“Our ‘make a genius decision’ apprenticeship campaign is also playing a key role in encouraging businesses to recruit an apprentice and realise the positive difference they can make to the workplace.”

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