Press release

Wales Office Minister embarks on South Wales growth and employment visits

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb will today [13 June] embark on visits to Job Centre and Work Programme providers in the South Wales area following the release of the latest unemployment figures yesterday.

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Stephen Crabb at Merthyr Institute for Blind
Stephen Crabb with Shaw Trust Head of Operations, Tracy Conwy, Merthyr Institute for Blind CEO, Richard Welfoot and Petra Kennedy, Training Manager

The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that employment in Wales has increased by 10,000 over the last quarter and that 32,000 more people are in work than this time last year.

At the Job Centre in Aberdare, the Minister will meet officials who will give a presentation on their tailored customer service. This will be followed by a group session in which he will hear how the Wage Incentive and Universal Jobmatch programmes are assisting the local community.

After the Job Centre visit, the Minister will then travel to Merthyr Tydfil where he will hear how the Merthyr Institute for the Blind is helping people to gain skills and take control of their futures. Finally the Minister will visit Working Links in Treorchy where he will see how the Employee Support Assistance programme is assisting those in the local area and what difficulties they face.

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb said:

I was very keen to visit some of Wales’ most disadvantaged areas to see how Job Centre Plus and the Work Programme providers are assisting those most in need.

I wanted to see the progress of the Work Programme in particular and how the programme is having a real impact on employment for people across Wales.

Yesterday’s labour market figures showed that employment in Wales continues to increase but there is still a lot we can do. It is vital that everyone is given the support they need to find employment.

This Government is committed to giving people opportunities to enter the job market, gain work experience and valuable knowledge that they can hopefully build on and develop a successful career from.

Published 13 June 2013
Last updated 17 June 2013 + show all updates
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