Jobs Growth WalesStatistics released this week show that the Jobs Growth Wales scheme has now created over 3500 opportunities for youngsters in North Wales.

Since 2012, it has been helping young people get work in sectors they may not have otherwise been able to get into and has also provided a huge boost for their employers, allowing them to expand.

Retention rates are also impressive: many of the temporary employees were kept on after their 6 month placements ended or soon found work elsewhere.  Youngsters who couldn’t find other placements or opportunities numbered at a relatively small 450.

One young person who definitely benefitted from the scheme was Charlie Wilson. The 24 year old was offered the opportunity to work with chocolatier Baravelli’s of Conwy and hasn’t looked back since.

“Without this scheme the company may never have been able to afford an extra staff member which has now helped the company to grow,” she said.

“I would not have had this opportunity and the chances are, because this is such a niche skill, I may have had to move away to a city to get an opportunity like this. This is a good scheme for keeping skilled young people in Wales. I hope to stay at the end of the apprenticeship and help to continue to grow the company as I love what I do here.”

So, how does the scheme work? By providing young people with 6 month long placements at somewhere of their choice, Jobs Growth Wales is able to provide a minimum of a 25 hour working week and the National Minimum Wage or above for all.

Future Studios’ Richard Thorogood echoed the scheme’s effectiveness by saying: “Jobs Growth Wales helped us recruit two new guys here. One of whom, Adam Hopkins, has finished the programme and has a full time job with us as a web developer.

“The second graduate Wes Earl will no doubt be offered the same package at the end of his programme. Both graduates have proved to be of high standard and are ready, willing and able to make the transition from education to full-time employment.”

“Their enthusiasm and ability to take responsibility for client work has allowed the business to grow and develop with them which is great for all of us at Future Studios.”

Below is a list of North Wales regions which have prospered most from Jobs Growth Wales with job opportunities

Isle of Anglesey 381

Gwynedd 452

Conwy 523

Denbighshire 444

Flintshire 419

Wrexham 401

Powys 360

Ceredigion 264

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