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Jobs Growth Wales announced, 11/10/11 [W]

Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, has announced details of a new scheme to create 4000 new jobs for unemployed young people in Wales.

Jobs Growth Wales, aimed at 16-24 year old, will begin in April next year and run for a six month period after a short pilot in the Autumn to test the approach of the private sector involvement and to inform the wider project. Participants will be paid at least the mininmum for 25 hours a week or more. Speaking in the National Assembly for Wales Plenary Meeting, the Minister also said that the third sector will also continue to be key in assisting young people who need a more supported environment:

“The programme will cater for those who are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. It will also provide a more supportive environment, for those who need it, to access and make the most of this opportunity to help them progress to sustainable employment. It will provide the work experience valued so highly by employers, which so many young people of differing skills and abilities find to be the most significant barrier to securing that first step into employment.”

A moderating panel will also be set up in 2012 to ensure entry criteria are being met. This will include employers, the Job Centre Plus, and the Wales Trade Union Congress.

You can find out more about this scheme on the Welsh Government website. The full announcement is also available on The Record, from the National Assembly for Wales.