ColegauCymru welcomed the opportunity to respond to the National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee inquiry into the Apprenticeship Levy in Wales.
Colleges are major providers of general education provision in Wales, helping to produce some of the best learner outcomes. Colleges are the predominant providers of funded vocational and technical education in Wales, providing about 85% of the total provision. As large employers, FEIs will also be required to pay the levy.
This response has been compiled from feedback from colleges and B-wbl (formerly Skills Academy Wales (South West), a work based learning consortium made up of public and private sector training providers, led by Pembrokeshire College).
Last week ColegauCymru gave evidence on our findings to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.
Following this consultation, the Minister for Skills and Science has published the Apprenticeships Skills Policy Plan which outlines their commitment to 100,000 apprenticeships. The Plan outlines commitments to increasing the number of apprentices aged 16-19, addressing skills shortages and developing higher level skills.
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