The Government is acutely aware of the problems some young people are continuing to experience when looking for their first job, and are being realistic about the scale of the challenge. The latest unemployment figures have shown a decrease in levels of youth unemployment; however, the number of young people currently out of work in Wales remains too high.
The range of support available to help support young people into work is extensive and varied, and this summit provides the perfect platform and audience to help get that message across.
The First Minister and Welsh Secretary David Jones will today highlight what more they feel can be done to get young people into employment.
At the first Jobs Summit for Wales, a number of businesses and organisations from across Wales have been invited to discuss how to offer more work experience, internships and apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
Recent figures show that the number of people between the age of 16-24 who weren't employed in Wales between October 2011 and September 2012 stood at 51,000. This has stayed roughly the same since 2009.
The biggest issue for many young people in Wales is a lack of practical on-the-job experience, which counts for a lot when trying to impress a potential employer.
We're giving employers real incentive to give young people in Wales a job, and a payment of £2,275 is available to them for every 18-24 year-old they take on, who has been out of work for six months or more.
– Martin Brown, Work Services Director for Jobcentre Plus in Wales