Figures released today show that only 1,362 young people out of the 3,349 who joined Jobs Growth Wales have gained a job in the last six months, with the remainder either unemployed or returning to training, despite being classed as 'Job Ready' by the government.
Eluned Parrott Liberal Democrat Assembly Member said:
"For those young people who have successfully completed this scheme and gained their first job this is clearly good news. However these figures show that only two thirds of young people complete their six month programme and of that two thirds, less than half actually get a job afterwards.
"This scheme was created in a blaze of publicity to get work ready young people into work, but for 60% of the young people involved, it simply isn't doing that. In order to create jobs, we need to boost the private sector in Wales, but the Welsh Government seem to have no clear idea how to do that.
"The poor results of this scheme are in stark contrast to the UK Government who have created more than a million apprenticeships, and a further million private sector jobs, so that young people can learn real skills and build a career. The Welsh Government has touted their Jobs Growth Wales scheme as a major success story, but yet again they are several steps behind the curve."