Private and public sector organisations have come together in Cardiff today (Thursday, 24 September) to develop ways of helping the long-term unemployed back into work.
The Employability Conference at Cardiff City Hall is hosted by the Welsh Government. Representatives from businesses such as British Gas and John Lewis Partnership and from across the Welsh public sector will discuss how to help people furthest from the labour market into temporary or permanent employment.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart, who will be making the keynote speech, said:
“Tackling poverty is a key priority for the Welsh Government and a task in which every Minister has a role to play. Supporting a strong economy underpins this priority and the evidence is clear that well-paid work is the best route out of poverty. As a government we are focused on creating high-quality jobs across Wales. Last year we recorded more than 38,000 jobs created, safeguarded or assisted by the Welsh Government. That is an increase of around 1,000 on the previous year and the best performance for 10 years.
Now we must ensure that those people who are furthest away from the labour market have the skills and opportunities they need to get back into work and break the cycle of poverty. As a pro-business government we understand that engaging with the private sector is vital to achieving our economic ambitions. So I am pleased to see that so many important Welsh employers will be attending this conference today to help us tackle this important issue.”