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Education and training are of the first importance for Wales - they liberate talent, extend opportunity, empower communities and help create wealth.

We face complex technological change and huge shifts in competitive pressures from within Europe and beyond. Many of our communities are vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our skills-base is relatively low.

A great deal remains to be done to heal the significant divisions in our society:

  • for the health and well being of everyone who lives here
  • to ensure that people can realise their ambitions and
  • to build a truly enterprising and creative culture, making the very most of our distinctively rich and diverse inheritance.

These challenges are of historic significance.The consequence of not facing up to them would be threatening and bleak. Failure to match up to them cannot be an option. Above all, success depends upon a rapid acceleration in lifting our knowledge and skills-base.