It is reported that almost 5000 companies across Wales have over the last two years taken on young people under the Welsh Governments Jobs Growth Wales initiative.
The Jobs Growth Wales programme provides unemployed young people with a job opportunity for a six month period paid at or above the National Minimum Wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week. The scheme is supported by The European Social Fund in Wales which supports a number of projects aimed at raising skills and job prospects.
Latest figures from the scheme, which launched in April 2012, showed that 4,723 businesses have taken part, including more than 3,000 microbusinesses and 1,412 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Over 300 young people have also started their own companies using the programme’s Young Entrepreneurs Bursary.
To find out more about the Jobs Growth Wales Programme click here