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Welsh Government 'committed to supporting young people into work'

The Welsh Government say it remains committed to supporting young people into work.

It comes after criticism from the National Assembly Enterprise and Business Committee who say not enough is being done to help young people find work.

Youth unemployment in Wales is falling faster than in other parts of the UK. We welcome this report and its recognition that we have prioritised jobs for young people, and that our schemes and programmes have led to improvements.

We remain committed to supporting young people into work and the continued success of programmes such as Jobs Growth Wales and Welsh Government funded apprenticeships are testament to this. However we acknowledge that there are still opportunities for improvement.

We will consider the report in detail and provide a full response to the committee by Thursday 30th April.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Engineering 'centre for excellence' to create 200 jobs

Around two-hundred new jobs are to be created by an engineering company in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Universal Engineering Ltd will create a centre of excellence near Llantrisant. Credit: Bing

Universal Engineering Ltd says it will create a new centre of excellence at Llantrisant.

The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart is expected to visit the factory to the announce the new jobs.

The company makes systems for the marine, defence and aerospace sectors.

Jobs found for ex-Murco workers

The Welsh Government says more than four out of ten people, who lost their jobs with the closure of the Murco refinery in Pembrokeshire, have found work - half in the area.

Hundreds lost their jobs at the Murco refinery after a deal to buy the business fell through. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds were laid off when a deal to buy the business fell through.

Meanwhile six engineers from the refinery have set up a new business in with help from the Welsh Government.

InSite Technical Services will operate out of Pembroke Dock in the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone.

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Welsh Govt due respect and power says shadow minister

The UK Government should admire and learn from Wales, Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith will claim later. In a speech to the Welsh Labour conference in Swansea, he'll announce that the Welsh Government would be given responsibility for the Work Programme, which is aimed at the long term unemployed, if Labour gains power at Westminster.

Mr Smith will also say that Labour "has got its mojo back" under Ed Miliband, who yesterday pledged a series of new powers for the Welsh Assembly if he becomes Prime Minister.

From tax avoidance to the abuse of corporate and media power an Ed Miliband led government will deliver the fair play and fair rules - the chwarae teg that people expect in Wales - and rightly expect from Labour in particular.

Ed Miliband has also been clear that a new era of partnership and respect must be rebuilt between the governments in Wales and Westminster, after the Tory War on Wales. Instead of a Tory government that sneers at Wales, we need a UK government that admires and learns from Wales. One area where we have already learned from Wales is on job creation for young people. Carwyn's government has done an infinitely better job than the Tories with our Welsh employment programmes. A UK Labour government will recognise that expertise and invest trust in Wales to do even more in future by devolving to Wales responsibility for the Work Programme - currently run from Westminster by the Department for Work and Pensions.

– Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith MP
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