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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CONSULTS ON THE FUTURE OF TRAINING AND ENTERPRISE COUNCILS' ENTERPRISE FUNCTIONS

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The assembly recently agreed proposals for the reorganisation of the provision of education and training in Wales. ...
The assembly recently agreed proposals for the reorganisation of the provision of education and training in Wales. The proposals will result in the abolition of the training and enterprise councils. TECs are currently responsible for running a number of schemes to support small firms under the enterprise programme. Decisions therefore need to be made about how these schemes will be delivered following the abolition of TECs.

The economic development committee yesterday launched a consultation exercise to seek views on how these enterprise functions can be properly developed as part of the National Economic Development Strategy.

Val Feld, chair of the committee, said: 'Enterprise is vital to the successful economic development of Wales. The TECs have played an important part in supporting business development. The proposed reorganisation gives us the opportunity to look afresh at the effectiveness of current support for enterprise and to consider what are the most appropriate mechanisms for delivering this.

'The committee is keen to hear from those with experience of using or supplying TEC services. We particularly want to hear views on how effective the services are and how they fit into the broader framework of business support.'

As part of its consideration the committee will be visiting South East Wales TEC, in Bedwas, on today to hear first hand from those responsible for delivering TEC enterprise services across Wales.

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Further details on the consultation exercise, including the contact point for contributions, are attached. The consideration is part of a wider review of Business Support and Development being undertaken by the committee.

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