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60 jobs to be axed at Careers Wales, Unison says

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60 jobs are to be axed at Careers Wales, according to Unison.

The public services union, UNISON, has warned that cutting the jobs would 'seriously undermine' the quality of careers advice provided to students and people out of work.

600 people work for Careers Wales.

The Welsh Government, which owns Careers Wales, said it was a aware that a consultation process is underway.

We are aware of Careers Wales’ decision to initiate consultation on a voluntary release scheme and we hope and expect that Careers Wales, its staff and trade unions can work collaboratively on this issue to improve the long-term efficiency and financial sustainability of this important service.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

The government’s plans don’t make any sense.

You have a great success story in Careers Wales, which helped 75,000 people of all ages find work last year, yet multi-million pound cuts to its budget are devastating the organisation.

Quality careers advice helps people into work but those giving that advice are themselves faced with the sack.

Welsh government hasn’t concluded its strategic review with Careers Wales and by slashing funding to that organisation, it’s forcing Careers Wales to sack people and its future is threatened.

In effect, Welsh government is downsizing Careers Wales before it has even decided what it wants careers services in Wales to look like.

Unison wants to make sense of this and be part of a strategy to deliver a better service.

The Careers Wales budget and staff numbers have halved in the last five years.

It has lost an incredible £22m in funding and 600 members of staff.

With another cut of £2.7m announced, you’re left wondering how the service is going to survive.

That can’t be good news for how we help our young people or unemployed back into work.

These cuts are counterproductive.

– Jeff Baker, Unison regional organiser

Unison has asked Assembly Members to intervene to protect Careers Wales.