Party of Wales secures thousands of apprenticeships and creation of jobs in budget deal


Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM has today announced that the Party of Wales has secured the creation of thousands of apprenticeships for young people and much needed jobs in a deal reached with the Government on the budget. Boosting the economy and helping people into work has been Leanne Wood’s primary focus from the outset of her leadership. 

Plaid Cymru has, in a deal reached with the Welsh Government, secured £40million over two years for apprenticeships, with the potential, through EU funding, for this to be increased to £60million over two years.  The party has also secured a further £10million in capital investment for a science park led by Bangor University in collaboration with Aberystwyth University. The park will also attract further EU and private sector investment.  Leanne Wood said that the Science Park would provide a much needed economic boost creating jobs in the construction phase leading to a knock on effect for the wider economy.  She added that the completed Science Park will help to equip young people with the skills they need for a successful future. 

The Leader of the Party of Wales, Leanne Wood AM, said:

“Plaid Cymru is proud to announce that thousands of apprenticeships and jobs will be created as a result of the deal that we have reached with the government today.  Youth unemployment is at crisis levels in Wales having quadrupled over the past year.  The Party of Wales has been consistent in our determination that urgent action had to be taken to tackle that.  The economy and jobs have been my priority and focus since the outset.  This is concrete action that we help to rebuild our economy and equip our young people with the tools they need for a successful future. Plaid Cymru is serious about standing up for the people of Wales and to do this we have to give hope to our future generations. This deal will help to achieve that.”

Ieuan Wyn Jones who speaks for Plaid Cymru on Finance added:

“Today we have secured £40million for apprenticeships.  This has the potential to be as much as £60million with EU funding.  This will not only help to tackle the problem of youth unemployment but will also help to equip our young people with the skills they need for a successful future.  This will bring the total investment in boosting the skills of our workforce in Wales next year to over £100million.

“It is also fantastic news that we have secured £10million capital investment for the Science Park.  This will create much needed jobs in the immediate future and in the longer term will enable our young people to compete on the global economic stage. The action that Plaid Cymru has taken today means that we are delivering on our pledge to fight for jobs and for a future for our young people.”


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