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Apprenticeships Skills Policy Plan

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The Plan addresses reports of skills shortages and the demands of Welsh businesses and the wider economy.

We are committed to delivering 100,000 all-age apprenticeships. Our delivery priorities for 2016 to 2022 are:

  • increasing the number of apprentices aged 16-19 – increasing the take-up of apprenticeships amongst 16-19 year olds and raising the number of school leavers going on to high quality apprenticeships.
  • addressing skills shortages – developing apprenticeships, particularly in growth sectors and emerging job categories, in line with priorities determined by Regional Skills Partnerships.
  • developing higher level skills - focusing on apprenticeships at level 4 and above, where returns tend to be higher and at the level most successful European countries deliver. Continuing to monitor the effectiveness and relevance of Foundation (level 2) Apprenticeships.
  • developing skills pathways – integrating apprenticeships into the wider education system.