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Alun Davies AM
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language.

Alun was born in Tredegar and went to Tredegar Comprehensive School followed by the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth where he read Politics. He was elected President of National Union of Students Wales. He first worked as a campaigner on environmental issues for the World Wide Fund for Nature, and later as a poverty campaigner for Oxfam.

Alun worked as public and corporate affairs manager for Hyder which combined Wales' main utilities. He was Head of Public Affairs at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and later became Director of Corporate Affairs for S4C. In 2004 he established Bute Communications, his own public affairs consultancy.

On 13 May 2011 Alun was appointed Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes. Between 14 March 2013 and 8 July 2014 Alun was Minister for Natural Resources and Food. Alun was appointed Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language on 19 May 2016.

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language is responsible for:

  • Early years
  • Foundation Phase
  • Youth work policy
  • Additional learning needs, including needs of pupils with severe, complex and/or specific learning difficulties, disabled pupils, able and talented pupils
  • People of all ages with Dyslexia
  • Additional Learning Needs Bill
  • Further Education
  • Further Education (FE) student support: Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG FE)
  • Revenue funding of 6th forms, Further Education colleges, adult community learning
  • Development and Implementation of the Digital Learning Strategy
  • Welsh medium and bilingual education
  • Welsh Language, including oversight and coordination of general Welsh language policy, Ministerial functions emanating from the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Welsh Language Commissioner
  • Vocational, key and essential skills qualifications for all ages
  • Implementation of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales
  • Prisoner learning
  • Broadcasting Policy.

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