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New jobs for young people created

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Almost half of all unemployed people in Wales are aged 25 or younger

Around 2,000 jobs with six month contracts at the minimum wage will be created in Wales for young people as part of a UK government scheme.

Welsh secretary Peter Hain said £1bn had been ploughed into the Future Jobs Fund across the UK.

In Wales, 10 schemes will target youth unemployment black spots from Pembrokeshire to Newport.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said the scheme complemented its support and training for the long term unemployed.

Run by the Department for Work and Pensions the programme aims to create 150,000 new jobs for young people across the UK.

Ten organisations in Wales and two UK national organisations have been awarded funding - worth £14m.

Mr Hain said the UK government funded public sector posts were "real" and "additional" jobs.

He said: "Over 2,000 will get the benefit of these 10 Welsh bids rolling out everywhere from Pembrokeshire to Newport to get young people back into the world of work."

He said the type of jobs would range from environmental management to hospitality to recycling.

"These are real jobs paying at least the minimum wage for at least 25 hours a week for at least six months," he added.

"These are additional jobs that would not have happened without the Future Jobs Fund.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Pontypridd - 80 jobs
Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), Neath Port Talbot - 96 jobs
Merthyr Tydfil council - 703 jobs
WLGA, Carmarthenshire - 97 jobs
WLGA, Pembrokeshire - 60 jobs
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training - 42 jobs
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) - 550 jobs
Interlink, Rhondda Cynon Taf - 45 jobs
Cardiff council - 289 jobs
Newport Future Jobs Fund - 72 jobs
UK wide - Royal National Institute for the Blind - 5 jobs in Wales
UK wide - Groundwork/NHF - 198 jobs in Wales
Source: Welsh Assembly Government

"These are the kind of jobs that are really vital because we know if young people between the ages of 18 and 24 fall out of work they are scarred for life."

Mr Morgan said he congratulated the local authorities and other organisations which were successful in bidding for the funding.

"This is the first in what we hope will be a series of successful bids covering the whole of Wales," he said.

"It complements our commitment to providing support and training for long term unemployed young people and others facing disadvantage in the labour market.

"The lesson of previous recessions is that you should do your utmost to keep all those at maximum risk of long term unemployment in the labour market in jobs or in training.

"The corrosive effects of low expectations of ever finding a proper job which can set in during recession periods is still with us now from the recessions of the early 80s and 90s. We are determined not to repeat that mistake."

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