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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


Wales captain Warburton adds new cap to his collection

The 25-year-old Cardiff Blues star received an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding sporting achievements. Credit: Cardiff University

Wales captain Sam Warburton added yet another cap to his collection today, but this time it was off the field.

The 25 year old picked up an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in recognition of his 'outstanding sporting achievements.'

I hope I can be seen as proof to other young people that if you work hard and remain committed, you can achieve your goals. It's been great to soak up the graduation atmosphere with hundreds of students who've worked hard to achieve theirs.

– Sam Warburton

The Cardiff Blues star attended the university as a student after finishing his A-Levels, but left to pursue his rugby career after a year. He now holds the record for most caps for Wales as captain, having led the side on 35 occasions.

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered to 16, according to a National Assembly for Wales consultation. They received more than 10,000 responses, the biggest ever for an Assembly consultation, finding that:

  • 53% want the voting age lowered to 16
  • 29% want the voting age to stay at 18
  • 79% think it's important for young people to learn about politics

The decision on whether to give the Welsh Assembly powers to change the voting age rests with Westminster, where a new draft Wales Bill is being worked on.

Megan Boot went to the National Assembly to find out why so many young people think a change in voting age is so important:

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