There is an (Welsh) alternative
The Welsh Government has announced the latest in a series of active labour market policies which prove that governments do not have to stand idly by while unemployment soars.
‘Jobs Growth Wales’ will create at least 4,000 new job opportunities a year across Wales for unemployed young people, aged 16-24. Other programme strands will target help to graduates and assist micro businesses to grow as well as creating jobs within the green energy sector, helping to meet the Welsh Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
A pilot scheme will be run this autumn to test the approach within the private sector with full implementation from April next year. The scheme has guaranteed funding over the whole term of the Welsh Government.
Robust eligibility criteria and quality standards will be agreed with social partners prior to the implementation of Jobs Growth Wales in order to prevent job displacement or exploitation and the Wales TUC will be a key partner in overseeing delivery of the scheme.
Interventionist government delivering in partnership with trades unions – there is an alternative.