We want a fairer deal for apprentices in Wales.
Higher education isn’t for everyone, and in order to create a diverse, sustainable and strong economy it is vital that we build the highly skilled workforce that Wales desperately needs.
We are calling for an education system that provides young people with the tools to develop practical, transferable skills in order to support those who leave education at 16 and 18. Our education system must emphasise that a vocational route is equal to that of further and higher education, that vocational studies are without stigma, without prejudice and allows young people to reach their full potential both socially and economically.
We're calling for the following;
Developing a school liaison programme to increase the prominence of apprenticeships in the provision of career advice to young people
Establishing an Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme to promote positive role models
Improving the visibility of competitions to celebrate excellence in skills
Trialling a UCAS-style single application process and clearing house system to improve the parity of approach between career routes
Creating a single information, application and support system to streamline information provision and reduce drop-out and disengagement rate
- Investment in Further Education College facilities to support apprenticeships across Wales, as has happened in England under the Coalition Government
- That all apprentices are placed on an equal national minimum wage of £3.79 and that plans are made to move towards raising the apprentice national minimum wage to the same rate as the minimum wage for 18-20 year olds.