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Labour will create 100,000 apprentice placements if it wins May’s assembly elections, the first minister will say on Monday. Carwyn Jones will make the announcement during a visit to the Airbus plant in Broughton, Flintshire.
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies AM, described the pledge as “fantasy economics”.
Last month, Plaid Cymru said it would create 50,000 placements. The apprenticeships being announced by Mr Jones would be open to all age groups, but there will be a specific focus on 16 to 18-year-olds, he will say.
The Financial Times
Carmakers are not being sufficiently transparent about their lobbying efforts in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a situation that leading investors claim poses potential risks for shareholders. Following the VW test-rigging revelations, which surfaced in September, 19 investors — with more than £600bn in assets in total under management — wrote to 10 of the biggest manufacturers, asking for information on how car companies had been lobbying policymakers on emissions standards.
The removal of hard shoulders from almost 500 miles of motorway is posing “significant risks” to motorists and leading to a steep rise in driving offences, according to the police. Senior traffic officers said that a move to “all-lane running” on the most congested motorways should be scrapped in its present form because it was unsafe for drivers who broke down.
The introduction of the national living wage will have a considerably bigger impact on private sector employees than on those in the public sector, research suggests. Nearly a quarter of private sector workers, more than double the proportion in the public sector, will qualify for the new wage, according to findings from the Social Market Foundation, a think tank. The living wage will start at £7.20 an hour in April before rising to about £9 by 2020.
A high-ranking employee warned senior Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) managers in May 2014 that U.S. regulators might examine car engine software as part of an investigation into pollution levels, two sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The warning came in the form of a letter, which was sent more than a year before the German carmaker’s public admission that its cars had been equipped with software to manipulate emission test results, the sources said, raising questions about how much senior managers knew about the scandal.