Over 5,750 young people find work in 2014 thanks to Jobs Growth Wales

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, has welcomed Jobs Growth Wales figures showing the Welsh Government’s flagship youth employment programme has created 16,775 job opportunities. Just over 13,900 young people have filled jobs since the programme began in 2012.

December’s statistics show that in the last month this European Social Fund-backed programme offered job opportunities to 463 job hunters. During the past 12 months 5,759 job opportunities were filled.

This flagship Welsh Government programme provides unemployed young people aged 16-24 with a job opportunity for six months. Jobs Growth Wales helps employers to grow their business by paying the young person’s salary, with the hope they will be offered sustained employment after six months.

The latest figures published on the Welsh Government’s website, show success rates for the programme continuing strongly, with 83% of young people working in the private sector progressing into employment or further learning after completing their Jobs Growth Wales six month opportunities.

Meanwhile, latest data for the self-employment strand of Jobs Growth Wales – where young people receive a young entrepreneurs’ bursary – shows that 412 new businesses have been created since the programme began in April 2012.

Welcoming the latest figures the Deputy Minister said:

“As we look back at 2014 I’m very proud that thanks to Jobs Growth Wales over 5,750 young people in Wales have had the opportunity to start a career. And every successful placement helps a business to expand, illustrating the Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting business.

“In 2015 I’m looking forward to meeting employers and their Jobs Growth Wales employees to discuss how the programme has benefited them.”

“I’m committed to us working more closely with businesses to develop increased co-investment and go forward with our ambitions to build a highly skilled workforce.

“Jobs Growth Wales is playing a big part in helping our young people into paid, meaningful work.”