David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru said:

"The pay rise for those working in FE in Wales is welcome. As well as extra support for much needed mental health provision.  We hope that the support for mental health services will extend to those education professionals employed in FE.  We know they work hard, and need support.

"Pay parity with teachers was always the Commitment to the Welsh Government, as recognition of the parity of the roles.  Education professionals in the FE sector are under a lot of pressure, but we hope this will go some way towards helping support FE into the new Century.

"We look forward to seeing the details and hope the funding will enable FE to continue as a much valued service, supporting young people in Wales."

ENDS

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Notes to eds:

The WG plan to spend an extra £23m on FE