The Wales Union Learning Fund

Dydd Mercher, 3 Hydref 2012
Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Gweinidog ddatganiad am Gronfa Ddysgu Undebau Cymru. OAQ(4)0171(ESK)
[Will the Minister make a statement on the Wales Union Learning Fund]

The Deputy Minister for Skills (Jeff Cuthbert): Since the Wales union learning fund, or WULF for short, was launched in 1999, it has assisted 166 projects to deliver a wide range of learning. WULF focuses on identifying and implementing learning opportunities in the workplace in order to ensure that employees have the skills required to carry out their work to the best of their ability.

Mark Drakeford: Thank you, Deputy Minister. The fund has been a conspicuous success throughout its more than a decade of existence. It is now open for a further round of bids for funding. Can you tell us what steps the Welsh Government is taking to ensure that these opportunities are publicised as widely as possible so that the fund can continue to be a success in the future?

Jeff Cuthbert: You are quite right that another round is now available. The 2013-16 prospectus was agreed in partnership with the Wales TUC. The prospectus has been published on the Welsh Government website and, indeed, was the subject of a news article. The Wales TUC, in partnership with the Welsh Government, has issued a direct invitation to all certificated trade unions with members based in Wales, regardless of whether they are affiliated to the Trades Union Congress, to take part in that process.