The Welsh Liberal Democrats will today outline a key election pledge to double the number of apprenticeship starts in Wales.
Over the next Assembly term, the party will deliver an extra 140,000 apprenticeship starts. The Welsh Government currently creates 28,000 new starts a year. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will double this number to create 56,000 apprenticeship starts a year.
This ambitious commitment is more than what any other party has offered to deliver.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats also reiterated calls they have made over a number of years that they would focus funding away from short term work experience placements, via Jobs Growth Wales, to longer term apprenticeships.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Cardiff Skills Academy, Eluned Parrott, Assembly candidate for Cardiff Central and South Wales Central, said:
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats will deliver a record number of apprenticeships as we believe in investing in our future workforce.
“Skilled people will be the lifeblood of our vision for a strong Opportunity Economy. Providing high-quality skills training is vital to boosting our economy and helping people to build careers and get on in life.
“Labour’s own evaluation report said that Jobs Growth Wales locked people into low wages and that 73% would’ve found work without it. We all know this scheme is a failure, but Labour refuses to face the facts. The Welsh Liberal Democrats would instead invest in apprenticeships and training, which will actually give young people professional skills and help them get on in life.”