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3,000 jobs to be created in wales under extended scheme

Some 3,000 skilled tradesperson jobs will be created in Wales over the next three years following a £30 million investment to extend a scheme already put in place by the Welsh Assembly.

Skills Growth Wales, which was created with funding from the European Social Fund as well as from the country's authorities, is to be re-launched to help more than 200 companies train their employees.

The extended training scheme will build on the success of the initial phase of the initiative, which helped 80 companies, and will run until the end of March next year.

Deputy minister for skills Jeff Cuthbert said: "Skills Growth Wales is highly regarded by the private sector for its success in encouraging growth and creating new employment opportunities.

"Given the challenges of unemployment that we currently face, job creation was a prime concern when refining the current scheme."

Mr Cuthbert also mentioned that since the original scheme was closed in March 2011, many businesses and their representative bodies have requested a similar initiative to help them with recruitment and the training of new employees.

Skills Growth Wales can provide up to £3,000 per individual involved in a company which has been allocated funding as part of the scheme.