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New factory to provide 260 jobs for Oakdale

The company's Cwmbran factory will reach full capacity in 2016. Credit: Google Maps

The Welsh Government says 260 jobs are set for Oakdale.

IG Doors is to build a new factory on a 25 acre site with support from the Welsh Government.

The company supplies the house building industry with external doors.

Its existing facility in Cwmbran will reach full capacity by next year and the option was either to move manufacturing to a plant with spare capacity in Europe - or invest in a new site in Wales.

I am really delighted to be able to make the announcement that IG Doors, through significant investment from its owners Hörmann Group is set to develop a new 25 acre site at Oakdale in Caerphilly.

– Mark Pulman, Managing Director


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Welsh farm workers to get 6% rise

The Welsh Government is using powers it gained after a legal battle with the UK government to increase minimum wages for farm workers by 6%. It's their first increase since 2012 and means that most farm workers, on the standard grade, will see their hourly rate go up from £6.96 an hour to £7.38.

The minimum rate will be £6.72 -that's 2p more than the National Living Wage, which the UK government will introduce next year. The top rate, the minimum for farm managers, will go up from £9.40 an hour to £9.96.

[It] recognises the unique nature of agricultural work ... rewards skills and qualifications ... underpins the Welsh Government’s vision of a modern, professional and profitable agriculture industry in Wales, and the importance of having well-motivated,well-trained and appropriately remunerated workers.

– Deputy minister for Farming Rebecca Evans AM

The old pay rates were set for England and Wales under legislation that was repealed by the UK government, prompting the Welsh Government to introduce a Wales-only law. That led to a legal battle in the Supreme Court, which gave a landmark ruling on the extent of devolved powers.

The draft Wales Bill proposed by the Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb, specifically preserves the devolved power over agricultural wages. The Assembly's Presiding officer, Dame Rosemary Butler, has warned that it would prevent similar Wales-only legislation for workers in other areas, such as the care sector, for which the Welsh Government is responsible.

Welsh landscapes to benefit from multi-million pound investment

Three of Wales's most distinctive landscapes - a mountain range, an estuary and a valley in Powys - are set to benefit from more than £6m worth of investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visitors flock to the Clwydian Mountain Range and Dee Valley Project, many to see the iconic Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. Credit: PA

The Clwydian Mountain Range and Dee Valley, the Elan Valley and the Gwent Levels, are all recognised as areas of outstanding beauty - and it's hoped the money will boost jobs through carefully planned conservation and renovation activity.

The investment will look to protect the landscapes and will see 3,000 training opportunities created, as well as a similar amount of volunteering opportunities.

"Our stunning landscapes define the very character of Wales and are as much a part of who we are as our castles, language and rugby. They are as much loved by the people who call Wales home as by tens of thousands of tourists who visit them. These fragile places must be conserved. However, if carefully managed, our landscape and countryside can also play a vital role in growing our nation's economy."

– Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales

The funding has been provided through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Landscape Partnership programme, which provides grants for schemes aiming to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character.

"These areas are being rightly recognised, not only for their beauty but for the significant role they play in representing the 'Wales' people think of and love - and come to visit. The support awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow these areas to flourish from an environmental perspective, but the areas will also be able to reap increased economic benefits from tourists and business too through new jobs being created and significant training opportunities."

– Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources


Around 160 jobs to go at Anglesey's Wylfa power station

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Around 160 jobs people are set to go at Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey, its owners Magnox has confirmed.

The firm says the workforce will be reduced from 522 to 357 by May next year as the plant moves from generating electricity to 'defuelling.'

When a nuclear power station moves from generation into the next phase of its lifecycle, which is defuelling, a reduced number of staff are needed for operational work.

This is not unexpected and we’ve engaged fully with our staff and the Trades Unions about the planned changes. Wherever possible we will seek to make voluntary redundancies, as we have at our other Magnox stations.

– Magnox spokesperson

The company says some of the jobs will go through voluntary means, while other staff will be retrained in different roles.

Hundreds of jobs created in Cardiff

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The Welsh Government says 387 jobs are to be created in Cardiff by Firstsource Solutions.

The company provides Business Process Management (BPM); a way of making sure firms are efficient in the way they do business.

The Welsh Government says the expansion, which is also supported by Cardiff City Council, is after the company won two new customer service contracts with a UK media company and a global entertainment business.

I am delighted these new contracts have been secured for Firstsource’s Cardiff operation which has been an outstanding success.

I had the pleasure of officially opening their first centre in Cardiff in 2012 when it was anticipated 600 jobs would be created.

They have far exceeded expectations and now employ nearly 1000 people while this latest expansion is creating more than 380 new posts.

The company’s decision to open a new centre in Cardiff sends out a very strong message that Wales is indeed a first class location for companies wishing to grow their business.”

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy and Transport Minister

Wales has fastest rise of people in work in the UK

The number of people out of work in Wales has fallen by 7,000 Credit: ITV Cymru Wales News

Wales has the fastest rising amount of people in jobs in the UK.

The number of people in Wales out of work has fallen by 7,000 in the last month.

That means there are now 93,000 people unemployed here.

It's a change on last month with quarterly figures in September showing unemployment in Wales had risen by 4,000.

Figures from the rest of the UK show that, overall, unemployed has fallen.

The North East, the West Midlands and Scotland were the only areas to see an increase in the number of people out of work.

Over the past 12 months employment in Wales has increased at a faster rate than almost everywhere else in UK and now stands at a level close to a historic high. Economic inactivity in Wales is also close to a record low - down by 40,000 over the year, compared to a fall of just 13,000 across the UK as a whole over the same time. Unemployment in Wales has also fallen over the quarter and the year. Our commitment to helping create new jobs and assisting more people into work or training in Wales is unrelenting. This week we launched a new £10.9 million scheme to help unemployed parents back into work or training by helping them with childcare costs and today we announced a £11.2 million mentoring project to help reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training in Wales. This guidance project will help 6,000 people aged 16–24 in Wales’ most disadvantaged communities, supporting 1,500 young people into work.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales
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