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Jobs Growth Wales
Jobs Growth Wales is a programme designed to get unemployed 16-24 year olds living in Wales into employment for six months in a job paying at least the National Minimum Wage. The first Jobs Growth Wales scheme started in April 2012 and ended in April 2015. The second scheme started in September 2015.
As a result of initial evaluation findings of Jobs Growth Wales 1, a number of changes were made to the programme to strengthen those areas which were most effective and remove any areas that did not perform so well. Whilst the resultant Jobs Growth Wales 2 programme is smaller than the original programme, its targeted support aims to be more effective at helping young people return to work.
This is the second publication of data on the second Jobs Growth Wales scheme. The data tables presented for the first scheme are unchanged since December 2015.
Jobs Growth Wales 2
The Jobs Growth Wales 2 programme was announced on 13 May 2015. The first jobs were advertised in mid-June 2015 and delivery commenced in September 2015
Key points since scheme 2 started until 10 June 2016
- The number of job opportunities created and approved(1) was 2,790.
- The number of job opportunities filled was 1,311.
- The total number of applications received was 19,575, whilst the number of applicants was 7,270.
- 181 participants completed a six month opportunity, of which 159 were in employment, self-employment, an apprenticeship or further learning.
- 127 participants left the scheme early, of which 36 were in employment, self-employment, an apprenticeship or further learning.
The destination figures for the new scheme at this stage are relatively small because many of the participants have not yet been on the scheme for six months, so more detailed breakdowns are not yet available.
Jobs Growth Wales 1
The first Jobs Growth Wales scheme ended in April 2015.
Key points for scheme 1 only, since it started until 10 November 2015(2)
- 12,113 participants had completed a 6 month opportunity.
- 3,537 participants had left the scheme early.
As of the end of April 2015
- The number of job opportunities created and approved(4) was 17,195.
- The number of job opportunities filled was 14,989.
- The total number of applications received was 268,467, whilst the number of applicants was 48,916.
(1) This includes job opportunities that were created and approved by the Welsh Government. This figure will include job opportunities that have been withdrawn prior to an applicant being recruited.
(2) Due to early leavers and withdrawal of some opportunities it is difficult to draw comparisons between job opportunities, jobs created and participants. For example where someone leaves a job opportunity, that opportunity can be given to another person – this typically happens if that person leaves the opportunity within the first 4 weeks.
(3) This includes recycled jobs. For example one job opportunity may result in an early leaver and a completed 6 month opportunity. The destinations data are based on immediate destination following either the completion of an opportunity or at the point of leaving the scheme early.
(4) This includes job opportunities that were created and approved by the Welsh Government. This figure will include job opportunities that have been withdrawn prior to an applicant being recruited. This is the measure against which the 16,000 opportunities over the 4 year period is set and the measure which is reported in Programme for Government.
Jobs Growth Wales 1 Tables
Table 1 shows a breakdown of the different strands. Tables 2 and 3 in the spreadsheet show detailed destinations data for the private sector strand. It is important to note that the early leavers figures include all those who have left since the programme started, however the completed figures will only include those who have completed a 6 month opportunity (i.e. exclude those who are currently taking part in a 6 month opportunity). Therefore comparisons should not be made between these two figures (i.e. summing the figures to obtain a completion percentage). Comparisons should be made relative to job opportunities filled (noting footnote (3) above). Detailed destinations data for the third sector and graduate strands are shown in Tables 4 to 7, whilst Table 8 shows information by local authority.
The data used in this headline comes from the Management Information System held by the Welsh Government, which is compiled from Jobs Growth Wales Providers and Careers Wales.
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