Plaid Apprenticeships Pledge

25/01/2016

A Plaid Cymru government in the Welsh Assembly would create 4,000 new apprenticeships for Swansea over the next five years, said the party's Swansea West candidate Dr Dai Lloyd.

A Plaid government would use Wales' share of the apprenticeship levy to generate these additional roles over the next Assembly term after this May's elections, he told a meeting of the constituency branch.

 The levy is set to bring in around £150m to Wales each year as a result of increased spending in England, announced in the Chancellor's November Review.

 "Despite previous endeavours, there are still a substantial number of young Swansea people between 16-18 years old who are not in education, employment or training ", said Dr Lloyd, who works as a local GP.

"We want to see young people offered real hope of a better future - and that is why a Plaid Cymru government would use Wales' share of the apprenticeship levy to invest in 50,000 new places."

The pledge will be a key part of Plaid's manifesto commitments on the economy, which will also include a new-look Welsh Development Agency, said Dr Lloyd, the party's prospective Assembly candidate for Swansea West.