26/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 19:48

Jobs opportunity for 12,000 unemployed young in Wales

Category: Wales

Published: 3rd Apr 2012 06:59:05

Young people have been invited to apply for work through a £75m project to create 12,000 temporary jobs.

Unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds will be offered posts for six months under the £75m Jobs Growth Wales programme.

The Welsh government will cover the cost of a minimum wage salary and the employer's National Insurance contribution.

It said it would "encourage and support" employers to make the jobs permanent after six months.

Participants will be paid for at least 25 hours per week.

Ministers said a variety of large and small private sector companies from across Wales were interested in taking part following a successful pilot.

They say the scheme will give young people "good quality work experience" to help them into permanent jobs or apprenticeships.

Seven positions were advertised on the programme's website on the eve of its launch, with more to be added during the year.

Businesses taking part will have to show the jobs being created are new ones.

Our scheme is designed to ensure that there are actually jobs at the end of the scheme for young people”

Most of the jobs will be with private companies, although some will be with voluntary groups and in the public sector.

The Welsh government will provide £25m a year for the next three years to fund the scheme, with specific targeting of graduates, micro-businesses and green jobs.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said the policy would help those who had suffered most as a result of the recession and allow businesses to expand.

With more than a fifth of 18-24-year-olds out of work, he said youth unemployment had become a big political issue.

Mr Jones said: "It is to create 4,000 jobs a year for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 to be paid at least the minimum wage 25 hours a week and for at least six months.

"And of course we will look to ensure that there is a job at the end of it as well.

"The private companies who will be involved in the scheme have had to show that they would be creating at the end of that six month period a job that otherwise wouldn't have been created."

He added: "That much is important of course to ensure that the scheme adds to what's already happening.

"We know that with youth unemployment it has become a very large problem. Youth unemployment levels are higher than for the population as a whole and we want to give our young people a chance.

"The UK government scheme is a training scheme it's not aimed at creating new jobs. Our scheme is designed to ensure that there are actually jobs at the end of the scheme for young people."

The programme is being launched at Scarlet Communications in Carmarthen, which provides call centre services.

The company has been involved in the Welsh government's pilot of the project, with young people working in insurance advice and sales.

"Not only have we been able to offer valuable experience to some enthusiastic and talented young people but it has also given us the chance to expand our business into new areas," said managing director Jason Rosser.

"As a result of the programme we hope to be able to create new permanent posts and offer full time work."

The Conservatives said the policy must be monitored.

Tory enterprise spokesman Nick Ramsay said: "We remain disappointed that Labour continues to dismiss the abolition of business rates for small businesses with a rateable value of up to £12,000.

"This Welsh Conservative policy would generate immediate support for our small and medium sized enterprises and allow them to instantly reinvest the money saved in development and jobs."

On Monday the UK government launched its own initiative.

The £1bn Youth Contract covers a series schemes, including subsidies of more than £2,000 to employers who take on young unemployed workers. Work experience places will also be offered.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Jobs opportunity for 12,000 unemployed young in Wales [Online] (Updated 3rd Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1420296/Jobs-opportunity-for-12-000-unemployed-young-in-Wales [Accessed 26th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Slough to get £5.6m to improve public transport on A4

    A busy commuter road that connects Slough with Maidenhead and Heathrow is to get a £5.6m government investment to boost its public transport links.
  • Fiddler on the Roof's 50 years of musical success

    It's exactly half a century since the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof - among the most successful stage musicals written to date. In 1964 Sheldon Harnick and his colleagues worried that the setting, a small Jewish township in eastern Europe in the early 1900s, might limit the show's appeal. But, says Harnick, the show's real subject is a universal one - family.
  • Boy, 15, seriously injured following Aberdare assault

    A 15-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after being attacked in Aberdare on Friday night.
  • Kidnapped Briton Mike Harvey freed in Yemen

    A British man who was kidnapped in Yemen in February has been released safely, the Foreign Office has said.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Mountjoy Prison: Man found dead in Dublin prison cell

    An investigation has been launched after a man was found dead in a Dublin prison.