To round off National Apprenticeship Week, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford met Welsh Rugby Union apprentices as they taught a girls’ class of wheelchair rugby to pupils from Cardiff’s Ummul Mumineem Academy.
The visit follows the Welsh Government’s announcement at the beginning of the week that it is on track to exceed targets to deliver 100,000 all-age, high-quality apprenticeships in Wales by the end of this Assembly term.
The Welsh Government is delivering its apprenticeship programme differently to the UK Government’s approach in England and evidence shows it is right to. The National Audit Office reported in March 2019 that the number of apprentice starts across the border had dropped by 25 per cent in two years.
A driver of its success is its commitment to equal opportunities and additional support to those who need it, made possible by tailored mechanisms such as those articulated in the Disability Action Plan.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
WRU Group Chief Executive Martyn Phillips said: