"As a result of the global economic situation, Wales is facing challenges that have not been felt for several generations.
"One of the biggest challenges we face, is ensuring that Wales’ young people are provided with opportunities to equip themselves with the right skills to ensure they can maximise their employment prospects in the future.
"In recognition of this challenge, the Welsh Labour Government and Plaid Cymru have today reached agreement on making sure a Budget for the coming financial year can be set – an agreement that is founded on making sure that such opportunities for our young people can be further enhanced.
"We have agreed that an additional £20 million will be reflected in the Draft Budget to be debated on Tuesday, 13th November, which would be put into supporting apprenticeships in Wales, targeted especially at those in the 16-24 age group. Opportunities to supplement Welsh Government resources with the maximum amount of EU funding will be sought. We will also ensure a further £20 million will be included in the indicative figures for 2014-15 for apprenticeship schemes.
"The exact schemes that the money will support will be determined by the Welsh Labour Government, in consultation with Plaid Cymru.
"In addition, we have today also agreed that in support of research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, £10 million of capital will be allocated over the next two years in support of the creation of a science park led by Bangor University, in collaboration with Aberystwyth University.
It is intended that the park will also attract EU and private sector investment.
"Today’s agreement means that a Budget for the coming financial year can now be set on behalf of the people of Wales."
New deal for the education workforce »Delivering our ambitions for learners in Wales will need the full commitment of a highly skilled and professional workforce.Learn more »
Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
Many buildings across the Welsh Government’s estate along with Cadw’s monuments will be in darkness this Saturday when lights are switched off in support of the WWF’s Earth Hour.
- New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
- £5million loan scheme to improve local sport facilities and get Wales active
- Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
- Consultation on the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales - 2015
- Changes to the Producer Responsibility regimes for batteries and packaging
- Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
- Call for evidence on the use and effectiveness of Civil Sanctions for environmental offences
- Proposed changes to homelessness data collections
- The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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