SCHOOLS and colleges will receive £103 million in Welsh Government funding, as learners return for the January term.
£50m will be provided via local authorities through the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme. The funding will help schools carry out capital repair and improvement work, with a focus on health and safety measures, such as improving ventilation. The funding will also be used to support decarbonisation.
£45m of revenue funding will also help support school budgets, assisting schools as they continue to deal with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and to prepare for the requirements of the new curriculum.
An additional £8m will be provided to further education colleges, to ensure learning can continue safely and ensure the most disadvantaged learners are not further impacted by the pandemic.
Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, said:
“I know schools and colleges have faced a very difficult time and everyone across the workforce has worked incredibly hard to meet the challenges of the pandemic. This funding will further support our schools and colleges to keep settings as Covid-secure as possible.
“While we want to support the sector in recovering from the pandemic, we also have to make sure we continue to plan for the future, and help all education settings across Wales fulfil our collective goals of making Wales a net-zero nation.
“The funding announced today will help us to ensure sustainability across the sector – be that the environmental sustainability achieved through decarbonisation, or sustainability in provision.”
Ashmole & Co celebrate Sam’s Exam Success
ASHMOLE & CO are delighted to announce Sam Jones, in the Llandeilo office, has completed his studies and passed all his exams to become a qualified member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
Sam, from Llanon, has been working full time for Ashmole & Co since 2015, when he started as a Trainee Accountant in the Ammanford office.
Sam grew up on the family farm in Llannon. After leaving Maes yr Yrfa high school, he gained an Extended Diploma in Business at Distinction Level at Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli. During his Diploma he did work experience with Ashmole & Co and joined full time after completing his studies.
Ceri Llwyd, Partner in Ashmole & Co’s Llandeilo and Llandovery office said, “We are all so proud of Sam and his fantastic achievements. He has become an integral part of our team both in the Ammanford and more recently in the Llandeilo office. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch him going from strength to strength with the help of Partners, Jim Cornock and Laura Craddock, who have helped mentor him during his studies. It is important as a profession that we help to train the next generation of accountants. Qualified staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm.”
Sam Jones said, “I am so pleased to have qualified and am very grateful to Laura, Jim and Ceri for their help and support whilst sitting my exams. I’m looking forward to the future with the team in Llandeilo.”
A number of staff have achieved exam success including Rhydian Fox in the Swansea office; Poppy Wilks in the Haverfordwest office; Carol Pickover in the Carmarthen office; Emyr Matthews in the Llandeilo office and Gareth Thomas in the Ammanford office.
Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation. If you feel you have the qualities to be part of the team at Ashmole & Co, please email, with your CV attached, to AshmoleHR@ashmole.co.uk. Alternatively, apply for a specific vacancy listed on the website: www.ashmole.co.uk
£18m to support children and young people with additional learning needs
NEW funding to support children and young people with Additional Learning Needs has been announced by Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language.
£18m will be made available to provide extra support for children and young people with ALN who’ve been affected by the pandemic and to help educational settings as learners move to the new ALN system from this month.
£10m of the funding will be used to support learners with ALN affected by the pandemic and to improve their wellbeing. During the pandemic, many disabled children and young people, including learners with ALN, continue to experience a negative impact on their mental health and difficulties accessing education.
The funding will add to existing support for ALN learners, such as intensive learning support and speech and language therapy. The funding can also be used to provide extra resources to target the impacts of the pandemic, such as mental health support and tailored support to help with attendance.
£8m will be allocated to schools, nurseries, local authorities and Pupil Referral Units to move learners from the old Special Educational Needs (SEN) system to the new ALN system, as the roll-out of the Additional Learning Needs Act continues.
The new ALN system, being rolled out over three years, will ensure children and young people with ALN are identified quickly and their needs are met. The Act makes provision for new individual development plans, designed to put the views of learners at the heart of the decision-making process, alongside those of their parents or carers.
Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles said:
“We are determined to deliver a fully inclusive education system in Wales – a system where additional needs are identified early and addressed quickly, and where all children and young people are supported to thrive in their education.
“Schools and nurseries are already doing a fantastic job of supporting their learners, but we know they need more resources to do this. That’s why I’m announcing this additional investment to support learners to overcome the effects of the pandemic and prevent the entrenchment of inequalities on their education, employment opportunities, their health and wellbeing.”
Carmarthenshire County Council launches graduate programme for 2022
CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now looking for talented university leavers to join the successful graduate programme in 2022.
The two-year scheme offers a range of exciting opportunities which combine on-the-job experience, in-house training, and a post graduate qualification to provide an excellent first step to achieving career goals.
The opportunities available include Performance Officer, Policy and Partnership Officer, Information Governance Assistant and Data Insight Officer.
Cllr Mair Stephens, Deputy Leader of Council, said: “We have exciting opportunities available in a range of service areas including IT and policy, with more exciting graduate jobs launching in the new year.
Our programme is open to all ages. We are looking for committed and driven individuals to join our ever-changing organisation”.
For more information or to apply visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/jobs-graduates
Above image: Carmarthenshire County Council graduate trainee Mollie Porteous
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