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  • Release date: 26 March 2015
  • Period covered: March 2015
  • Next update: 23 April 2015
The data presents information on the number of job opportunities created and filled, and other management information from the Jobs Growth Wales scheme.

The Jobs Growth Wales scheme started in April 2012 and will create 16,000 job opportunities over 4 years for unemployed 16-24 year olds 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 or above the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours. 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 the job opportunities will be sustained after the 6 months has completed.

The current Jobs Growth Wales programme will end on March 31st 2015. It is hoped that a similar programme will be rolled out in due course, subject to funding approval from the European Social Fund (ESF).

The data are based on the information provided to the Welsh Government as of the 10th of this month.

Key points

The key points from the latest release show that since the scheme started (1), from the live data:

  • The number of job opportunities created and approved (2) was 17,195.
  • The number of job opportunities filled was 14,656.
  • The total number of applications received was 268,467, whilst the number of applicants was 48,916.

The destination data (3) shows that of the 14,656 job opportunities filled:

  • 7,783 had completed a 6 month opportunity.
  • 2,843 had left the scheme early.

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) below). 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.


(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(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.


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. In the future, more information on Jobs Growth Wales will be released, such as data by gender. Users will be kept informed of these developments.


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