Extra cash for apprenticeships in Welsh budget
The Welsh Government has said it will spend an extra £6.8m on apprenticeships in Wales.
In the publication of its final version budget, ministers also backed £4.7m for further education pay and £2m for child poverty initiatives.
Plans for a £23.6m package to extend support to high street retailers through business rate relief were also confirmed.
A vote on the £18bn 2019-20 budget will be held in the Senedd in January.
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Welsh Government said the extra cash for apprenticeships will be spent on delivering 100,000 "all-age" apprenticeships.
The announcements follow the UK government budget which pledged an extra £550m to the Welsh Government over three years.
The Welsh Government said it intends to apply the full amount of cash included in the £550m that comes as a result of additional spending in England on business rate relief on supporting Welsh businesses.
As well as cash to extend and improve the high street scheme, £2.4m will be given to local authorities to provide discretionary rates relief.
Minister for finance Rebecca Evans said: "Apprenticeships are vital for helping people gain high-quality vocational training and providing opportunities for businesses and the economy to thrive."
An extra £1.6m will be used to extend the Pupil Deprivation Grant Access scheme that helps pay for uniforms and sports kit, while £400,000 will be added to the Food and Fun programme to provide children with a meal during the summer holidays.
Following discussions with Plaid Cymru as part of its two year budget deal with Labour, an additional £5m will fund work following feasibility studies into a national art gallery and a national football museum, bringing the total pot to the projects for £10m.
Plaid's Bethan Sayed also welcomed the extra spending of £500,000 to enhance music support for young people.
But Plaid Cymru finance spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "It is disappointing that the Welsh Government haven't taken the opportunity to look again to provide a fairer settlement for Local Government in this Budget."