Welsh Government apprentice cuts will have dire consequences warns industry body

A significant funding cut to the Welsh Government’s flagship apprentice programme will have dire consequences for patient and residential care, claims umbrella body for work-based learning providers the National Training Federation for Wales (NTFW).
For its next 2024-25 financial year the Welsh Government plans to cut funding for apprenticeships by 24% after being unable to plug the gap from the loss of EU funding. As a result the NTFW said the number of apprenticeship new starts in 2024-25 will be halved to 10,000.
For the healthcare sector they have estimated a 69% reduction in apprenticeship opportunities. This they say is because most learners who star …