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£2.4 million announced to 'develop skills' of employees in Wales

The Welsh Government says more than £2 million in EU funds will be spent developing the skills of employees in over 100 businesses in South West Wales.

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Led by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the £3.7m Growing Workforces through Learning and Development project will deliver 'work-based' learning programmes to over 550 employees in the region.

The Welsh Government says businesses in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot can register to take part in the project.

Employees who take part will be supported to improve their 'skills and productivity' in a range of business areas and achieve higher education qualifications in professional practice.

In addition to the £2.4m EU funds, the three-year project has been part-funded by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has received a contribution of over £500,000 from the private sector.

Around £350 million of EU funds are being invested in Wales over the next five years to raise skills and drive productivity in workplaces, enabling more people to progress in their careers and achieve higher earnings.

This new EU investment will boost the prospects of hundreds of people working in South West Wales, and is excellent news for the region’s business community and another positive example of the benefits of UK membership of the European Union.

– Jane Hutt, Finance Minister