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A budget for jobs and growth: Deputy Minister welcomes £12.5m to extend flagship Jobs Growth Wales
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Jeff Cuthbert has announced that over 4,000 jobs have been filled and well over 5,000 job opportunities created by Jobs Growth Wales.
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills

The Jobs Growth Wales programme commenced in April 2012 and will create 4,000 jobs a year for job ready young people throughout Wales.

The programme caters for young people that are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. The Jobs Growth Wales programme provides unemployed young people aged 16-24, with a job opportunity for a six month period paid at national minimum wage. Participants will be paid at or above the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week. 

Young people will be employed for the duration of the programme and the jobs created must be additional to, and not replace, positions that would otherwise be filled. 

The ambition for the programme is that all of the job opportunities will be sustained by the host employer after the 6 months has completed. 

All job vacancies are advertised through the ‘Jobs Growth Wales Live’ system on the Careers Wales website (external link).

The programme offers opportunities in the following areas. 

Private sector

This is where the majority of the jobs will be created. We will be supporting all aspects of the private sector from small and medium enterprises (SME) to the larger regionally important and anchor companies in Wales, to identify recruitment needs and match those employment opportunities with young people seeking work.

For further information please visit ‘Private sector’.

We will deliver a specific strand of support to assist micro-businesses to recruit their first employee. In doing so, we will build on, and enhance, existing and planned packages of business support delivered through the Department for Economy, Science and Transport.

For further information on this element please visit ‘Support for micro-businesses’.

Voluntary sector

We will be supporting community-based job opportunities for young people in Wales who require a more intensive support in the work place.

We will be extending the existing Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s intermediate labour market pilot scheme (external link), which is already proving successful in helping many young people who require more intensive support to reap the benefits from work experience opportunities.

For further information please visit ‘Voluntary sector’.

Support for young people to enter self-employment

We will deliver a specific strand of support to help young people to enter self-employment. In doing so, we will build on, and enhance, existing and planned packages of business support delivered through the Department for Economy, Science and Transport. Young people can receive a bursary of £6,000.

For further information on this element please visit ‘Support for young people to enter self-employment’.

Enhanced support package for graduates

We will add value to the existing GO Wales programme (external link), extending work experience opportunities for unemployed graduates, many of whom identify a lack of credible work experience as their most significant barrier to employment.

For further information please visit ‘Enhanced support package for graduates’.