Plaid Cymru policies

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An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from Plaid Cymru.

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Apprenticeships

  • Continue to promote apprenticeships, particularly Higher Level Apprenticeships, as agreed in the 2012 Welsh Budget deal

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(53 votes. Average rating: 5.02 out of 10)
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Localism and devolution

  • Full transfer of powers to the Welsh Government as outlined in the Commission on Devolution in Wales, including prisons, criminal justice, broadcasting and energy
  • Push for a written constitution for Wales guided by citizens

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(55 votes. Average rating: 6.55 out of 10)
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Further education, skills and adult learning

  • Support non-academic and vocational qualifications, providing appropriate funding for training and courses in order to increase skills amongst the workforce, including adult and community learning
  • Introduce a Citizens’ Service, focussing on skills and learning, so that young people are ready for the world of work
  • Work with colleges to ensure that the sector continues to offer excellent education and training to widen participation and tackle social exclusion

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(99 votes. Average rating: 5.54 out of 10)
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Higher education

  • Provide a subsidy to students resident in Wales who wish to study in Wales
  • Reintroduce the post-study work visa for two years for students who have qualified from Welsh universities
  • More support for university students of STEM subjects who remain in Wales to study

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(54 votes. Average rating: 4.76 out of 10)
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Immigration

  • Reintroduce the post-study work visa for two years for students who have qualified from Welsh universities so that they can contribute to the Welsh economy
  • All people new to Wales to have the opportunity to learn both Welsh and English

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(100 votes. Average rating: 6.32 out of 10)
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Professional issues

  • Living wage for all employees by 2020
  • Re-introduce 50p income tax rate for those earning over £150,000
  • End exploitative zero hours contracts
  • Increase level at which National Insurance contributions are paid to same level as income tax

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(70 votes. Average rating: 6.59 out of 10)
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Public funding

  • Provide a subsidy to students resident in Wales who wish to study in Wales

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(95 votes. Average rating: 4.05 out of 10)
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Research & development

  • More support for university students of STEM subjects who remain in Wales to study
  • Develop a new manufacturing strategy for Wales to create skilled and high-value jobs through research, development and manufacturing
  • Work with universities to increase research capacity and funding, ensuring that Welsh universities get a fair share of UK-based research funding

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(82 votes. Average rating: 4.91 out of 10)
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