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1 in 5 expect to live on benefits

A report by the Prince's Trust warns that poor exam results could cause thousands of young people across Wales to abandon their ambitions. The youth charity says one in five young people expect to end up on benefits.

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Welsh Government 'investing heavily' in vocational training

The Welsh Government says it is investing in vocational and work-based training programmes to ensure young people can fulfil their potential.

We want to ensure young people have access to high-quality education and training opportunities in order to fulfil their potential, either through a vocational or academic route.

That is why we are investing heavily in successful vocational and work-based training programmes such as Apprenticeships, allocating an additional £40m over the next two years .

This includes our Young Recruits Programme (YRP) initiative, which offers a wage subsidy to employers taking on a 16-24 year old apprentice. This means young people can earn while they learn and during 2011/2012 the apprenticeship completion rate stood at 85%.

Also our flagship youth employment programme, Jobs Growth Wales, has so far created 7,876 job opportunities, with 5,731 young people filling these jobs.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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