Over 12,000 young people find work thanks to Jobs Growth Wales

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, has welcomed figures showing 15,625 job opportunities have been created, and 12,298 vacancies filled, by Jobs Growth Wales.

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 European Social Fund-backed programme has filled 348 job opportunities since August’s figures were announced.

New figures have shown that after the six month programme, 83% of participants progress into sustained employment, an apprenticeship or further learning upon completing a six month opportunity.

Deputy Minister, Julie James said: “The fall we’ve seen in youth unemployment in Wales is no coincidence. It’s clear that Jobs Growth Wales is playing its part in helping our young people into paid, meaningful work. It’s very encouraging that so many employers in the private sector see how they can benefit by taking on young employees. Many young people finishing their six month’s opportunity with a private sector employer go on to a full-time job or apprenticeship with them.”