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‘You don’t have to get out to get on’: Economy minister to tackle Wales’ brain drain in speech

18 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Picture by TheDigitalWay(CC0). Vaughan Gething. Picture by the Welsh Government.

Wales’ economy minister will tell the young people of Wales that they don’t have to “get out to get on” in a promise to prioritise their economic futures and tackle the country’s brain drain today.

Vaughan Gething will start a conversation about the “long term demographic challenge facing the Welsh economy”.

The proportion of the population aged 16 to 64 years old in Wales has been decreasing year-on-year since mid-2008 – and could be just 58% of the population by 2043, he will say.

In response, Vaughan Gething will say that his approach will be geared towards creating an economy where more young people feel confident about planning their future in Wales, thus supporting job creation and more dynamic local economies.

“My ambition is to make Wales a place where more young people feel confident in planning their future here,” he will say.

“You don’t have to get out to get on, make your future here in Wales.”

‘Optimism’

The Economy Minister will also say that the Welsh Government will pursue a “progressive” economic policy that focusses on better jobs, narrowing the skills divide and tackling poverty.

They will work with unions and business to develop it’s ‘something for something’ approach so that Welsh public money is wedded to action on fair work, decarbonisation and skills, he will say.

“The Welsh Government is taking bold action to build a stronger, fairer, greener Welsh economy,” Vaughan Gething said. “It has taken a Team Wales effort to keep Wales safe and we will deliver a Team Wales Recovery, built by all of us.

“A strong Welsh recovery will be based on the principles of fair work and sustainability as we invest in the industries and services of the future.

“As we face the headwinds of Brexit, I am determined that our credible plans will offer as much certainty as possible to help businesses plan ahead.

“A new era of partnership for stronger regions, a young person’s guarantee, a plan to back our everyday economy and collaboration with world-leading, advanced manufacturing. This is the cause for optimism for the future we are building in Wales.”

 

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

I’ve waited over fifty years to hear someone say that Vaughan, the opportunities presented by the ‘careers officer’ in my day were for the chosen few…It would be nice to think that ‘stats whiz kid’ Lloyd could reach the top without having to leave Aberystwyth, let alone Wales…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Wow Mr Gething, Wales thanks to you is all over the national news…the BBC and the Guardian…without a mention of it being a great place to park/invest one’s money in granite and mortar !

ArgolFawr
ArgolFawr
1 month ago

Empty words when the reality within public services, quango’s and education in Wales, including utility companies, is the best able and skilled are most often usurped by the too related.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 month ago
Reply to  ArgolFawr

Too true. Can’t speak for the rest of Wales but I can tell you that nepotism is rife in public services in Pembrokeshire. People always say ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

Nepotiaeth not unheard of in the Senedd across the board…

Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
1 month ago
Reply to  ArgolFawr

Cum tacent, clamant

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
1 month ago

Er….The labour party has been in power since 1999.
Reasonable question: What have yo been doing til now?:

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