Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
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- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
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1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Written - Foundation Degree Awarding Powers
The First Minister, in his 17 July 2008 statement on the forward legislative programme, announced the Welsh Assembly Government’s intention to bring forward legislation to enable Further Education Institutions in Wales to award foundation degrees.
I am please to be able to provide an update on that commitment, and advise Assembly Members that I have secured the inclusion of such powers within the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Bill which was introduced in the House of Commons on 4 February. Subject to the passage of the Bill, I anticipate that these powers will be achieved for Wales.
- Foundation degrees were introduced in 2001. They are an employment-related higher education qualification, below honours degree level. Course content is designed in conjunction with employers to meet skills needs at the higher technician and associate professional level. Foundation degrees are delivered by collaboration between employers, HEIs and FEIs. Work-based learning is often a key component.
- The Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Bill will reform education, training and apprenticeships for young people and adults; provide new powers to strengthen children’s trusts; improve standards in schools and increase confidence in qualifications.
- The Bill will include proposed powers for Wales in relation to apprenticeships; the education of young offenders; the powers of Welsh Ministers to regulate qualifications; the ability to request time off to train for employees and powers to enforce compliance with the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.