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AM welcomes record Jobs Growth Wales success

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jobs growthREBECCA EVANS AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has welcomed newly published figures which show the Welsh Labour Government’s flagship youth employment programme, Jobs Growth Wales achieving record results, with 96% of graduates securing work after leaving the programme.

The figures show that Jobs Growth Wales, which is part funded by the European Social Fund, has so far created 9,345 job opportunities, with 7,748 young people filling these jobs. The figures also show high levels of sustained employment amongst young people who complete their 6 month opportunities. The figures, which for the first time have been broken down into the programme’s different strands, show that 96 per cent of young people who have taken part in the graduate strand progressed immediately into sustained employment.

Mrs Evans said: “These new figures show that Jobs Growth Wales continues to go from strength to strength.

“As well as creating much needed job opportunities for unemployed young graduates during tough economic times, Jobs Growth Wales is also helping Welsh businesses to grow because every job created is a new post which allows the business to expand.”

It is not just graduates who have benefited from the scheme. Young people taking part in the Third (voluntary) sector strand also experienced high levels of sustained employment upon completing a six month opportunity.

Sixty eight per cent remained in work, or went into an apprenticeship or further learning when they left the programme.

Mrs Evans said: “From the outset of the scheme I was clear that disabled young people and young people who may need more intensive support in work should be able to reap the rewards of Jobs Growth Wales. I am glad that the new figures show that this is happening.”

The self-employment strand of Jobs Growth Wales also remains well ahead of target, with 173 young people who have taken part.

Mrs Evans said: “I am glad that Jobs Growth Wales is also supporting young entrepreneurs to turn their business dreams a reality.”

In the programme’s largest strand, the private sector strand, 78 per cent of young people progressed into sustained employment, an apprenticeship or further learning upon completing a six month opportunity, maintaining the record high recorded in the previous month.

The latest figures come as work accelerates on a new Work Programme specifically for care leavers, young people still in care and young people who have offended. The Moving Forward scheme will use £3.4 million from dormant bank accounts to create 440 job opportunities for vulnerable young people.

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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