Bursary Continues in Wales as Major Nurse Recruitment Campaign Launches

An international recruitment campaign has been launched by the Welsh Labour Government aimed at increasing the number of nurses in hospitals across the region.

Hundreds of nurses are expected to be recruited through the Train/Work/Live in Wales campaign, which has been praised by Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths.

The Welsh Labour Government has also confirmed student nurses in Wales will continue to receive bursaries next year.

As with this year’s students, those who receive the bursary in 2018-19 will have to work in the country for at least two years after they have qualified.

The latest moves are in stark contrast to the UK Government’s proposals in England, which has removed bursaries for tuition fees and living costs, forcing trainees to take out loans instead.

Lesley Griffiths AM said:  “Wales is a fantastic place to live and this campaign demonstrates the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to investing and supporting our NHS professionals.”

“Recruiting, attracting and training more nurses, midwives and health professionals across Wrexham and Wales is vital but I am certain these innovative initiatives will make a positive difference.”

“Whereas the Welsh Labour Government is promoting campaigns and providing incentives to attract more people to the profession, the UK Government is doing the complete opposite by ending nursing bursaries and saddling the individuals who want to train to work in the NHS with thousands of pounds worth of debt.”

Anyone interested in the scheme can find out more information on the website – www.trainworklive.wales or by calling 01443 848 576.