Welsh Government leading the way on supporting young people into employment or education
Figures published by the ONS show that while across the UK, youth unemployment has risen over the last quarter, the amount of young people in Wales not in education, training or employment has dropped by a third.
Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones has welcomed the news that the Welsh Labour Government is leading the way on supporting young people in stark contrast to the record of the Tory-led UK Government.
Ms Jones said: “Reducing the number of young people who are out of work or not in education is a key priority for the Welsh Labour Government and I am delighted to see that our hard work is showing such positive results.
“Our record of success against the Tories’ record of cuts clearly shows that it is Labour in Wales that is leading the way on supporting young people.
“While they have trebled tuition fees, scrapped the EMA and stopped the Building Schools for the Future Programme, we have kept the EMA, kept tuition fees low for all Welsh students and continued to transform our school estate in order to invest in the future of our next generation.
“It is so vital in difficult economic circumstances that we continue to invest in measures which will help young people. I am pleased to see that while the Tories let down the next generation, the Welsh Labour Government refuses to do so”.
A number of Welsh Government programmes help young people into work. For example, Jobs Growth Wales provides unemployed young people aged 16-24 with a job opportunity for six months.
This European Social Fund-backed programme has created 16,775 job opportunities and just over 13,900 young people have filled jobs since the programme began in 2012.