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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

New Deeside 'employment site' could create 5,000 jobs

The new highway will be built at Deeside, North Wales Credit: ITV News

Work to kick-start the development of the 'largest strategic employment site' in north Wales - with the potential to create up to 5,000 jobs - has been announced by the First Minister today.

As part of the development, a new multi-million pound road will be built across the 420 acre Northern Gateway site on Deeside Enterprise Zone.

The road will help kick-start the development, effectively opening up the site to release 220 acres of employment land, with the capacity to build 3.1 million square feet of facilities, which, it's hoped, could accommodate up to 5,000 jobs.

The construction of the highway is expected to take around 5 years to complete.

The Northern Gateway is the primary location to attract major new investments to the Enterprise Zone and to the region. Outline planning permission has already been granted for the site but the main barrier has been investment in infrastructure so I am pleased to announce the Welsh Government is now taking this forward.

This is a key piece of infrastructure for the Enterprise Zone which will accelerate development. We want to ensure the potential for the site is unlocked as soon as possible, opening up the largest private sector led development in north Wales.

This is a hugely important project for north Wales with substantial potential to attract new investment and jobs. The access road is the catalyst that will open up the many investment opportunities it represents. We will be appointing consultants to design the road shortly with the aim of submitting planning within the next six months and commencing work on the first phase of the roadway within six months thereafter.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Boom in construction jobs predicted

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A boom in construction is set to create thousands of new jobs in Wales by 2019, according to a new report.

The Construction Industry Training Board says private housing is set to rise by 4.6% over the next few years while employment is expected to be particularly strong in Wales and the north of England.

It predicts over 5,300 construction jobs will be created in Wales alone over the next five years.

Across the UK it says more than 40,000 new jobs will be needed every year, 8,000 more than previously predicted.

Our forecast shows that construction is experiencing a major comeback, with a sustained period of growth set to make a positive impact on the wider economy. Leisure, infrastructure and housing are all driving growth, but this brings with it new challenges in meeting skills demand.

– Steve Radley, CITB's director of policy

Plaid Cymru: Wales' low-wage economy can be overturned

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Lorwerth AM has outlined how Wales' low-wage economy can be overturned.

Highlighting figures on average wages in Wales, Rhun ap Iorwerth said that Welsh wages were on average £2,000 lower per year than the rest of the UK.

The average weekly wage in Wales is £383.30 per week Credit: PA

He said employment levels in Wales matched UK average levels but jobs are generally of lower quality in Wales, resulting in lower wages.

The average weekly wage in Wales is £383.30 per week, compared to the UK average of £417.90.

We need to make sure that the Welsh workforce has the skills that business needs, so that we can begin to drive up Welsh wages.

That needs to start with education. We need to teach ourselves the skills that business wants, and to do that Plaid Cymru is working in partnership with industry to ensure that Welsh apprenticeships and skills training offer the skills they need.

The wage gap has grown because of a lack of investment in Wales by successive governments formed by London-based parties and it is high time that Wales took control the powers we need to create a thriving business environment, and quality well-paid work.

– Rhun ap Lorwerth AM, Plaid Cymru

The Welsh Government says it is continuing to work to close the historic wage gap by attracting investment, creating jobs and promoting economic growth.

"We are working closely with the business community to ensure that education in Wales provides young people with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Separately Professor Graham Donaldson is currently undertaking a wide-ranging independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements to ensure learners gain the skills they need to succeed in a modern and quickly evolving world."

– Welsh Government
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