FMQ: Youth Unemployment

Dydd Mawrth, 4 Rhagfyr 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012


Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Prif Weinidog ddatganiad am fynd i’r afael â diweithdra ymysg pobl ifanc yng Nghymru.
[Mark Drakeford: Will the First Minister make a statement on tackling youth unemployment in Wales.]


The First Minister: We see this as a key priority, and that is why have established key programmes such as Jobs Growth Wales.

Mark Drakeford: The Cardiff West constituency has been badly affected by increasing youth employment, with rates doubling in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the constituency. It is all the more welcome, therefore, to see that 614 new job opportunities have already been created in Cardiff alone through the Jobs Growth Wales scheme. First Minister, is there any early evidence emerging of the rate at which chances taken up under the scheme are converting into permanent employment opportunities for young people and how does that information compare with the record of similar schemes elsewhere?

The First Minister: It is not often in Government that you get the opportunity to say that something is exceeding your wildest expectations, but Jobs Growth Wales is such a programme. Initial figures suggest that 75% of those who are part of the programme get taken on, which is an extraordinary figure when you consider that the UK Government’s equivalent scheme has a rate of about 2% of people taken on. We know that the commitment to provide 4,000 young people with training or apprenticeships over the course of this year has already been fulfilled halfway through the scheme. We know that more than 2,300 young people are now receiving training or are following an apprenticeship. That is why we are proud to say that we have fulfilled an important manifesto commitment.