Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Llanelli and Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, Helen Mary Jones, has today outlined her party’s proposals to pledge employment, education or training for any young person under 25 who has been searching for work for more than four months.
Helen Mary Jones said that the manifesto pledge reflected the Party of Wales’s commitment to supporting the nation’s young people from cradle to career, and to ensure that no member of the next generation is left behind under a Plaid Cymru government.
Wales is currently home to around 65,000 young people between 16-24 years old who are not in employment, education or training. The figure among young mothers is a staggering 84%.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, Helen Mary Jones said:
“Under a Plaid Cymru government, we will work to ensure that no young person in Wales is left behind.
“As part of our commitment to supporting our young people from cradle to career, we will introduce an under-25 Jobs Guarantee.
“This will include committing to identifying employment, education or training for any young person who has been searching for work for more than four months.
“A key aspect of achieving this would be our pledge to create 50,000 new apprenticeships by the end of the next assembly term.
“This will allow young people to gain the skills they need to find high-quality and well-paid work.
“We will also create a voluntary National Citizen Service programme open to all 18-25 year olds within Wales, involving an approved 9-12 month paid, full-time placement focusing on inter-generational care or digital inclusion.
“The Party of Wales wants everyone who lives in our nation – regardless of their age – to feel as if they have a stake in its future.
“After 17 years of Labour running down our education system and letting down our young people, it’s time for change. That is what Plaid Cymru offers on May 5th.”