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£89 million for traineeships in Wales

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Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, says the EU has approved funding of £28 million towards the investment.

She says it will provide support for 24,762 young people over the next four years.

Our Traineeship Programme helps young people who want to work but need that extra helping hand. 68% of learners who left the Traineeships programmes in 2013-14 had a positive progression into employment or learning at a higher level

– Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology


NFU Cymru launches broadband survey

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NFU Cymru has launched the first farmer-focused broadband and mobile phone survey in a bid to inform its work on getting an efficient service rolled out in rural areas.

The union says it is essential the business needs and opportunities of the farming sector are understood, especially at a time when farm businesses rely more and more on broadband and mobile phone signals.

This is a hugely important survey, our member experience will prove invaluable for identifying both the barriers and technological solutions for the delivery of fast, reliable and affordable mobile phone signals and broadband on farm

– Stephen James, NFU Cymru President


Caerphilly pub left devastated days before major festival

The Big Cheese festival in Caerphilly takes place this weekend and sees thousands descend on the town, but for the owners of the Irish Tymes, it'll be spent cleaning up the wreckage left by the flames.

James Crichton-Smith reports.

Fire crews and investigators spent the morning at the building, which suffered significant damage during the night time blaze.

Admiral announces 130 new jobs in Newport

Insurance business Admiral says it will recruit for 136 new jobs at its office in Newport.

A further 100 will be created at its Swansea office and another 50 jobs in Cardiff.

Admiral opened its Newport office in 2008

Admiral, the only Welsh-based company listed in the FTSE 100, employs more than 5,550 people in the UK.

A spokesperson for the company said the roles would be based in its Sales, Claims, Renewals and Law businesses.

Electronics 'centre of excellence' for Cardiff

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A 'global hub' for research into semiconductors and their materials is to be set up in the capital.

Cardiff University has signed a deal with semiconductor wafer company IQE.

It says it will drive the testing and development of technology that lies behind global ‘megatrends’ including smart phones and tablets.

It says sectors including healthcare, biotechnology and mass communications could benefit.

Coupling IQE’s infrastructure with Cardiff’s existing strengths in expanding areas of semiconductor devices and materials will create cutting-edge opportunities that will put us ahead of our competitors.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor
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