Flagship Government Jobs scheme not working - Eluned Parrott

September 26, 2013 3:40 PM

Commenting on the latest figures which show that fewer than half of young people who've taken part in the Welsh Government's flagship Jobs Growth Wales programme have secured employment after their placement, Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Lib Dem Economy spokesperson said:

"It is worrying that fewer than half of young people who've completed the Welsh Government's flagship youth employment programme are still in employment.

"Jobs Growth Wales is helping some people but it is not the magic spell that the Labour party pretend it is.

"Jobs Growth Wales placements should prepare and equip our young people with the skills and real life experience to enter the workforce and begin their professional life, yet we see fewer than half actually find a job either during their placement or after their six month placement.

"I'm also concerned about the regional variances in the number of jobs created and the number of jobs filled. The percentage of jobs filled ranges from 63% in Blaenau Gwent to 100% in neighbouring Torfaen. Clearly we need to make sure that young people across Wales have an equal chance of getting a job, regardless of where they live and figures released by the Welsh Government today show that is not the case."

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