What is Jobs Growth Wales?

Jobs Growth Wales is a Welsh Government scheme that will help you meet 50% of the salary costs for a young person for the first 6 months at the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Benefits to you:

  • 50% funded employees for 26 weeks (approx. 6 months)*
  • Opportunity to recruit and develop young people into your business at low initial cost
  • Progression opportunities for these employees into funded apprenticeships
  • Free of charge recruitment support via the online portal

*Participants will be paid at or above the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week

We will support your business by:

  1. Advertising your job opportunities free of charge through a Careers Wales website
  2. Sourcing candidates, undertaking the sift and ensuring the candidates referred to you for interview meet your criteria
  3. Providing you and the young person with support and advice for the duration of the 26 weeks

Criteria for participation:

  • The employer has submitted an Expression of Interest form via the Business Wales website and passed the Welsh Government eligibility criteria
  • All jobs created are additional to your existing workforce, e.g. you cannot currently be recruiting for the post in question
  • For recruitment to these jobs to take place a job description needs to be drawn up to outline the structure and scope of the role
  • It has to be a quality job opportunity for the young person to gain that valuable work experience which will help them gain sustained employment at the end of the 26 week period
  • The young person will need a contract of employment drawn up by you which notifies them in writing of their terms and conditions of employment
  • The young person has to be gainfully employed for the duration on the programme and be part of your workforce for that period

What are your next steps?

If this is something that could benefit you and your business then please get in touch here. We will provide you with more information and help you to get started.


The Apprenticeship and Jobs Growth Wales programmes led by the Welsh Government are supported by the European Social Fund.