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£40m for apprentices in Wales

The Welsh Government has set out how it plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships over the next two years, including creating 5,650 new places, and offering enhanced subsidies and payments to employers to take on apprentices.

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Minister: Scheme supports hardest-hit group

Apprenticeships play an integral role in our economy. They increase the skill set of the workforce and make Wales a more attractive place with which to do business.

The skills developed by an apprentice are skills for life. This makes an apprenticeship programme as valued as a place at a top university, and I want people to be aware of this.

The programme continues to support young people, the group that has been worst hit by the recession. Apprenticeship programmes keep them engaged in education, employment and training and make sure we are maximising their opportunities for employment.

– Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills

In November, the Welsh Government agreed an additional £20m for apprenticeships for 2013-14 and £20m for 2014-15.

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