Green Growth Wales »The proposed Green Growth Wales fund aims to increase and accelerate projects to deliver green investment in Wales.Learn more »
Jane Hutt welcomes £2bn EU funding for Wales
The announcement of £2bn of EU funding for Wales over the next seven years is good news for Wales and will have a real impact on the Welsh economy, says Finance Minister.
- New report sees progress being made in tackling substance misuse
- First Minister begins visit to strengthen links with India
- Jane Hutt welcomes £2bn EU funding for Wales
In this section
- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Review of the existing policy on disposal of higher activity radioactive waste
- Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013: new regulations
- National Training Framework on gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Child performance regulations: when children can take part in performances and the breaks they must have
- Consultation on Amending The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988
- Implementation of the amended batteries directive 2013/56/EU
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 »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Draft Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.View upcoming calendar »
Written Statement - Publication of Future Ambitions: Developing Careers Services in Wales
I am today publishing Future Ambitions: developing careers services in Wales. This report is the outcome of a review of careers services commissioned in Autumn 2009. It encapsulates several months of intense evidence-gathering from major stakeholders in the careers education and information, advice and guidance field.
I would like to place on record my thanks to Dr Edwards, Professor Sanders and Dr Hughes for their diligence and insight in compiling this Report.
Future Ambitions describes in some depth the wide-range of careers services providers in Higher Education, Further Education, schools, colleges, Work Based Learning Providers, Jobcentre Plus, Union Learning Representatives as well as Careers Wales – a whole ‘family’ of careers services providers. The report analyses their inter-relationships and attempts to scope a more co-ordinated, better-led service that has a shared identity and a shared outcome – citizens who are able to make well-informed learning and careers choices and are aware of the services on hand to help them towards fulfilling choices.
The potential of this rich, but un-coordinated ‘family’ needs to be given a lead and a focus to develop a distinctive world-class careers service. Essential components would include: a unified Careers Wales; policy leadership for this family; a suite of accredited learning opportunities for the whole ‘family’; and a highly visible brand underpinned by a rigorous quality assurance system. Such a step-change might be capable of developing an internationally recognised, coherent careers service of which Wales might be justly proud.
This is an ambitious programme. It is not solely about structural change – it is also about providing citizens with accessible resources in appropriate formats; it is about creating vibrant labour market information that is meaningful to the user; it is about building effective bridges between educators and employers. The report, therefore, represents a medium to long-term strategy for delivering this vision of a distinctive world class careers service.
The report contains sixty detailed recommendations to provide a route map to this vision. I am able to sign up to the majority of them. There are some that are not technically possible; whilst others are not affordable in the financial environment in which we presently find ourselves. The attached table provides the way-forward on each recommendation. The present financial uncertainties preclude me committing to too rigid a timetable – but I expect to see real progress in place and will receive regular updates on that progress from officials.