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Welsh Government news-in-brief

Created on 04/12/2017 @ 10:45
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A round-up of the news from the past week at the Senedd.

£26m EU-backed investment to help young people into work and training

A new £26m EU-backed investment to help young people from across Wales into work has been unveiled by Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford.

Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford, said: “I am delighted we have so far invested £193m of EU funds to help our young people unlock their potential and improve their career prospects. These projects are further examples of the importance of Wales receiving replacement funding from the UK government post-Brexit, so that we can continue supporting young people, helping them secure a prosperous future.”

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, said: “Many young people face significant barriers in securing work because they do not have the appropriate skills or support they require to help them succeed. These schemes will help them gain self confidence and develop the skills they need to overcome these barriers and secure employment.”

“We will work with our farmers to help them meet the challenges of Brexit,” says Lesley Griffiths

On the opening day of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, called on the agriculture industry to focus on turning the challenges of Brexit into opportunities.

Lesley Griffiths said: “We all have a role to play shaping how the industry will look after Brexit and we need farmers to be bold, imaginative; open to new ideas and practices.”

Welsh Government expands overseas operations to boost trade post-Brexit

First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced the expansion of the Welsh Government’s overseas operations to boost trade and inward investment post-Brexit.

The Welsh Government will open offices in Canada, France, Germany and Qatar next year to help protect existing markets, pursue new trade and investment opportunities and promote Wales to the world.

The First Minister said: “Increasing our presence in these key markets allows us to pursue new trade and investment opportunities, build networks and promote Wales to the world. This has never been more important as we face a future outside of the European Union.”

Be The Spark - More than £5m for new activity to support entrepreneurship in Wales

Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced over £5m for new activity to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Wales.

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said: “We know that supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship across Wales is absolutely crucial if we are to succeed in growing Wales’ economy.  

“This additional entrepreneurship funding will enable us to develop four new businesses hubs in North West Wales, Mid Wales, the South West Valleys and the South East Valleys.”

Wales calls on UK Government to do more to support onshore wind and solar development

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has headed up a call for the UK Government to do more to support onshore wind and solar development.

The Welsh Government together with a large number of Welsh energy and environmental organisations have made a public statement of continuing support for renewable energy.  

The Cabinet Secretary said: “The statement of support we, along with key Welsh organisations, have published today, calls for change. That is why we are urging the UK Government to do more to support onshore wind and solar development.

“A policy framework which enables the most affordable projects to continue to form the bulk of energy supply is fundamentally important to delivering our decarbonisation and prosperity goals.”

Pioneer schools report shows journey of improvement

Feedback from pioneer schools involved in developing Wales’ new curriculum shows good progress is being made.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: "Our Pioneer Schools are at the heart of the process of designing the new curriculum. That’s why it’s so important for us to listen to their views and act on them accordingly.

"There will always be challenges when introducing a new curriculum but it’s encouraging to know that schools are feeling confident and supported in taking this vital work forwards. There is a clear sense of momentum here and it demonstrates that our approach is the right one.”

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