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New EU funded South West Wales skills scheme gets the go-ahead

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A new project set to support over 10,500 workers and up to 2,250 local businesses in South West Wales and tackle skills and training gaps in the area has been officially announced thanks to a £9m contribution from the European Social Fund.

A total of £15m will be invested in the “Skills for Industry” scheme which will be lead by Gower College, Swansea and supported by the Welsh Government, Coleg Sir Gar, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot Colleges.

Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, said:

“How we equip local businesses and workers to face up to the challenge of the difficult economic conditions and compete in the international marketplace will make the difference between success and failure in years to come.”

“It is key that we continue to provide appropriate skills and training, in tandem with local industry, so that businesses can improve their performance, efficiency and productivity.”

“This particular scheme will provide the sound basis for employers in South West Wales, including SMEs and social enterprises, to develop their employees’ talents and reduce skills shortages in important sectors.  Specific emphasis will be placed on supporting manufacturing, construction, engineering, financial services and tourism and this news will be music to the ears of local businesses in the region.”

- Monday, 17 October 2011 -

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