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Jobs Growth Wales
The Jobs Growth Wales scheme started in April 2012 with the intention of creating 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.
Jobs Growth Wales is part funded by the European Social Fund and the current round of programmes came to an end on 31st March 2015 for new entrants only. The Welsh Government announced on 13th May 2015 that the JGW Programme has secured EU funds of £25 million from the 2014-2020 ESF Programmes to continue for a further 3 years.
The monthly statistics will continue to report the destination data of those currently taking part in the existing Jobs Growth Wales programme, and will begin to report on new job opportunities supported from the new Programme in July’s release.
The data are based on the information provided to the Welsh Government as of the 10th of this month.
The key points from the latest release show that since the scheme started (1), the destination data (2) shows that:
- Of the 14,989 job opportunities filled, 11,822 had completed a 6 month opportunity.
- Of the 14,989 job opportunities filled, 3,201 had left the scheme early.
As of the end of April 2015:
- The number of job opportunities created and approved (3) 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.
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 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.
(3) 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.
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 future programmes, it is intended that more information will be released, such as data by gender. Users will be kept informed of these developments.
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