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Welsh Government job scheme created fewer than 800 jobs

The BBC report that fewer than 800 people found jobs through a back-to-work scheme that faces being wound up a year early.

They say that the Welsh government hoped Genesis Cymru Wales 2 would help 20,000 people find work or get qualifications. But only around half that number took part and only 7% of them found work:

It emerged last month that ministers were considering winding up the scheme in June, instead of 2014 as originally planned.

At the time they said an internal review had found the project was “under-performing” on some targets.

Documents obtained by BBC Wales’ Sunday Politics programme show 10,500 people took part.

Of them, 2,186 got qualifications, but by June 2012 only 789 were working at least 16 hours a week as a result of participating.

Getting people into those jobs cost an average of £44,735 each – the target when the programme began in 2008 was around £13,000-per job.

Run by local councils and funded from EU aid to improve the Welsh economy, Genesis helps people struggling to join the workforce, particularly single parents.

The scheme offers mentoring, help with childcare and assistance for people to attend training courses and interviews.

About 15,000 of the people it was aimed at were in the deprived parts of west Wales and the valleys.

At the outset £67m was set aside to run it. That was later reduced to £56m, but by June last year just £36m had been spent.

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