Wales jobs programme equipping youth with experience
Ceri Leath, Director of Now Careers, Cardiff said, “Jobs Growth Wales is a fantastic initiative which provides young people with the chance to gain invaluable experience, and it is encouraging to see the huge number of opportunities which have been created through the programme.
“It is vital that we continue to invest into our youth and work on attracting and retaining skilled candidates to work within Wales. Giving young people the opportunity to gain experience is essential to encourage more people into work and this will be highly regarded by prospective employers.
“The programme addresses a key problem which many young people will encounter at the beginning of their career, the scenario that they can’t get a job without experience, and they can’t get experience without a job!.”
The programme has been running since April 2012, and has aided 82% of young people working within the private sector into sustained employment, an apprenticeship or further learning on completion of their six month placement.
Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, announced that Jobs Growth Wales has exceeded its initial target almost 18 months ahead of schedule.
Figures showed that 16,108 job opportunities have been created since the programme began in 2012 and 12,730 vacancies have been filled with 80% of opportunities being taken up in the private sector.