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'Women are largely missing from decision-making tables' says Equality and Human Rights Commissioner

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission shows almost no progress has been made over the last decade in getting more women in Wales into positions of power.

When we look back over a decade of gathering these statistics, our findings show that in several sectors there are fewer women at the top than in 2004. This represents a lost decade in attempts to get more women into senior positions in Wales.

These figures highlight a wider failure to ensure our corridors of power reflect the diversity of Wales and include people from under-represented groups, such as ethnic minority and disabled people.

Good intentions are not enough. This year's report is a wake-up call. it is time to adopt strong measures to speed up the pace of change.

– Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission

'Lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs

A survey of 100 top companies in Wales found only 2% have women Chief Executives Credit: PA

Almost no progress has been made over the past decade in getting more women into positions of power and influence in Wales. That's according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The 'Who Runs Wales? 2014' report looks at key areas of Welsh life including politics, local government, health and the private sector, in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.

The findings of the report compared to a decade ago are as follows:

• 42% of the National Assembly are women, compared with 50% in 2003.

• 27% of the Welsh Government Cabinet, compared with 56% 10 years ago.

• Only 10% of NHS Trust Chief Executives are women. It was 29% in 2003.

• 9% of Council leaders in Wales are women, compared with 14% ten years ago.

The report also found only 27% of Welsh Councillors are women.

It also found there are no female Police and Crime Commissioners or Chief Constables.

Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission said the report paints a stark picture of Wales.

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BT to create 50 new apprentice and graduate jobs in Wales

BT plans to create more than 1,000 posts across the UK Credit: PA

BT is expecting to create around 50 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Wales, as part of a major nationwide recruitment drive.

The company says it's casting its net across the UK for 300 top science, technology and business graduates who want to build their careers in the IT and Telecom sector.

Around 730 apprenticeships will also be offered to UK school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics.

The company has also launched a new digital media technology apprenticeship that will provide new recruits with experience and skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.

BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has described it as an exciting time.

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British Army launch recruitment campaign in Wales

The British Army has today launched a new recruitment campaign in Wales to address to highlight the hundreds of different roles and thousands of jobs available now in the Regular Army and Army Reserve.

Recruitment events will be held across Wales for people to meet serving troops. The Army already has an established presence in Wales including the 160 (Wales) Brigade based in Brecon, as well as some of the Army's top training sites such as the Infantry Battle School and Sennybridge Training Area.

Some of new roles available now include; bricklayers, communication specialists, veterinary technicians and infantry soldiers.

West Wales jobs 'good news' for Welsh food industry

The Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, has welcomed news that more than 200 jobs are to be created in West Wales, with support from the Welsh Government, at a new beef processing and packing facility, as part of a major contract with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

Dunbia is investing £7.5m to create 208 jobs at Felinfach, near Lampeter, with support from a £1.8m business finance grant from the Welsh Government.

The Minister said:

I am delighted that support from the Welsh Government ensured this investment came to Wales and will create jobs in the rural economy. It is good news for the Welsh food industry, the farming community and Ceredigion. The announcement of job losses at Sharp, near Wrexham, earlier this week was a stark reminder of just how volatile the economy remains. Dunbia is already a significant employer in rural Wales and a major player in the red meat sector which was worth £595million to the Welsh economy in 2012 .

This investment supports Welsh Government policies and initiatives to increase added value processing of agricultural produce in Wales to ensure the benefits are retained in Wales and help create jobs and spread prosperity. I am also pleased to hear of the training schedule and skills development programme proposed by Dunbia and the company’s commitment to developing their staff.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

200 jobs created at beef processing and packing plant

More than 200 jobs are to be created in West Wales with support from the Welsh Government at a new beef processing and packing facility as part of a major contract with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

Dunbia is investing £7.5m to create 208 jobs at Felinfach, near Lampeter, with support from a £1.8m business finance grant from the Welsh Government.

The new facility is to be operational by February 2014.

The news was announced today by Economy Minister Edwina Hart on a visit to Ceredigion.

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