Jobs Growth Wales+

Jobs Growth Wales+ can provide you with fresh perspectives and a talent pipeline to help future proof your business.

Young people can be a great asset and by getting involved in Jobs Growth Wales+ you’ll ensure your business has its pick of the young talent in your community.

It is an innovative and flexible programme. So you can determine the best way in which the programme can help your business, and at the same time create life changing opportunities for the young person you support. 

What it's about?

Young people in Wales have plenty to offer the Welsh economy. They have the motivation and are ready to learn, but are often overlooked.

Jobs Growth Wales+ is a key part of the Welsh Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, providing a bespoke package of support to help 16-19 year olds develop their skills and work experience in line with employers’ needs so they can get their first job.

For employers, the programme offers wage subsidies and tailored support to help grow your workforce. In return, we’re looking for your help to create employment opportunities, work tasters, or work experience placements for young people.

How it works

When you employ a young person via the Jobs Growth Wales+ programme, we’ll pay up to 50% of each young person’s employment costs at the National Minimum Wage for the first six months.

You’ll also get free recruitment advice from our experts, as well as ongoing training support from a designated contractor to ensure your young employee gets up to speed and continues to develop their skills.

For other opportunities you can design a taster or work experience placement that’s right for you and the young person. Your contractor will help you every step of the way. If you’re impressed with the young person at the end, you might turn this into a job opportunity through the Jobs Growth Wales+ programme.

Who is eligible?

Jobs Growth Wales+ is available to businesses of any size in any industry in Wales.

The job you’re offering must be for 16-40 hours a week, and for a minimum of six months. Any jobs created must be additional to your existing workforce needs, and you should be committed to retaining your employee beyond the six-month period.

The role must be paid at the National Minimum Wage or above and must not be supported by any other public or European funding

The person you wish to recruit must be:

  • Between 16-19 years old
  • Not in full-time education, employment or training NEET
  • Living in Wales
  • Assessed by Working Wales as fitting the criteria for one of the programme strands.

What’s in it for you?

  • Ongoing training support from a designated contractor
  • Up to half of each young person’s employment costs subsidised 
  • Free recruitment advice
  • Create a pipeline of talent with the skills, qualifications and training you need to take your business forward
  • Boost productivity 

How to get involved

For more information on Jobs Growth Wales+ you can register your interest via the Expression of Interest Form and you will be contacted by an Employer Engagement Adviser.

Alternatively you can call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or contact us.