Jobs Growth Wales

Monday 09 April, 2018 Written by 
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.

Because 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.

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 11 March 2018

The number of job opportunities created and approved (1) was 5,907.

The number of job opportunities filled was 3,225.

The total number of applications received was 41,641, whilst the number of applicants was 14,591.

Destination data

1,899 participants completed a six-month opportunity, of which 1,641 were in employment, self-employment, an apprenticeship or further learning.

360 participants left the scheme early, of which 142 were in employment, self-employment, an apprenticeship or further learning.

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 September 2016(2)

Destination data (3)

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.

Notes

(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 This figure will include job opportunities that have been withdrawn prior to an applicant being recruited.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.

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