The Welsh Government’s action to support students and Wales’ major education institutions by providing an additional £50 million to provide skills and learning in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus has been welcomed by the National Education Union Cymru. Kirsty Williams announced that £27 million will be provided to universities through a Higher Education Investment and Recovery Fund for Wales, over £15 million will be provided for learners beginning their A level or vocational course at an FE college or sixth form, up to £5 million will be provided to support vocational learners to return to college to help them achieve their licence-to-practice qualifications, without needing to re-sit the full year, and an extra £3.2 million will be used to provide digital equipment, such as laptops ,for FE students.

Welcoming the additional £50 million in funding announced today by the Education Minister, David Evans, Wales secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru welcomes the Education Minister’s commitment in providing much needed additional funding for universities, colleges and students in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus. Universities and colleges have suffered greatly over the past few months and this investment is a welcome boost for them.

“Universities and colleges are major employers within their communities and this investment will give many teachers and lecturers some peace of mind and stability during the next academic year.

“The extra funding for students entering further education after a period of uncertainty will ensure that they are fully supported at the start of the next phase of their education. With blended learning being an important part of the Government’s recovery plan for education, access to digital equipment such as laptops will be vital for all learners, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will ensure that they are not left behind and have full access to the teaching and learning resources on their courses.”

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Over £50 million to support Welsh universities, colleges and students.