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50,000 apprenticeships to be funded in Wales

Over 50,000 apprenticeships will be funded in Wales, it's been announced today.

The funding will cover a range areas including construction. Credit: ITV Wales News

The £144 million EU and Welsh Government investment will fund 52,000 apprenticeships in West Wales and the Valleys over the next four years, with the majority of places targeted at 16-24 year olds.

The funding will cover a range areas including construction, engineering, IT and retail.

Further funding for apprenticeships is expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

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New figures reveal 12,000 fewer unemployed in Wales

Official figures show Wales' unemployment rate stands at 6.2 per cent, compared with 5.6 per cent UK-wide.

Between December and February, 92,000 people in Wales were unemployed - 12,000 fewer than the previous quarter.

Wales' unemployment rate stands at 6.2 per cent - higher than the UK average. Credit: PA

Across the UK, unemployment fell by 76,000 in the three months to February.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the drop brings the number of people now not in work down to 1.84 million - with a record 31 million people in work.

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Jobs Growth Wales hailed 'fantastic success'

The Welsh Government has described their flagship jobs scheme as 'a fantastic success'.

The programme has been temporarily closed.

The original programme was designed to create and fill 12,000 jobs and to date it has helped create over 17,000 job opportunities and fill almost 15,000 of these vacancies for young people aged 16-24.

In doing so it has made a significant contribution to reducing youth unemployment right across Wales. It has also helped businesses grow and expand.

The European Social Fund budget for the 2007-2013 programme came to an end on 31st March and we have already begun work on the successor programme. Subject to approval within the new European Social Fund for 2014-2020 we are aiming to launch the new Jobs Growth Wales programme in the first quarter of this financial year.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Welsh Government job scheme closes

The Welsh Government's flagship employment programme Jobs Growth Wales has been temporarily closed, it's been announced.

The scheme places applicants in a range of different careers Credit: PA

The scheme, for 16-24 year olds, aims to secure six month job placements in a job which pays at least national minimum wage.

The closure was confirmed in a short statement on the Careers Wales website.

Thank you for your interest in the Jobs Growth Wales Programme, there will be no further jobs advertised as the programme has now closed. But there will be an exciting new programme, it’s currently in development, so please check back soon for updates.

– Careers Wales
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