Staff at the school are very proud of Paula, and wish her every success in the final, saying: "She has shown dedication and diligence in her work based learning
role, and we are very lucky to have her as a student.
Arwyn Watkins, chairman of the National Training Federation Wales (NTfW), questioned WAG''s strategies of encouraging young people and adults to improve their skills during the economic recession and then not providing the funding to deliver the relevant work based learning programmes.
We recognise the restraints on public expenditure and the efficiency gains that need to be made but I cannot underestimate the demand for work based learning programmes that is currently not being met.
The real outcome from the apprenticeship programme, the gold standard within work based learning, is confident, motivated and relevantly skilled individuals who are aware of the skills they possess and know how best to use them in the workplace.
The NTfW is a network of 83 quality assured training providers across Wales who are contracted by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to deliver pounds 116m worth of work based learning programmes from a total allocation of pounds 126m.
He said WAG had a long established strategic relationship with the work based learning network and had invested in improving quality and effectiveness.
Mr Watkins, who is managing director of award-wining Cambrian Training Company based in Welshpool said WAG had a long established strategic relationship with the work based learning network and had invested in improving quality and effectiveness.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh Assembly Government said: "Overall funding into work based learning is no lower than in 2009/2010 with a 4.