November 2013

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the next meeting of the Welsh members' network will now take place on 16 January 2014 rather than 28 November as originally notified. The meeting will take place from 10.30am to 1pm at MTIB in Merthyr Tydfil.

The full address is MTIB, Unit 4, Triangle Industrial Estate, Pentrebach, Merthyr CF48 4TQ

IPPR has published a paper that sets out a strategy for radically increasing the proportion of young people who are learning or earning, by fixing the broken school-to-work transition system and establishing a distinct work, training and benefits track for those aged 18–24. This approach is underpinned by two new initiatives: a youth allowance, to keep young people out of the adult welfare system, and a youth guarantee, to ensure they stay in touch with the labour market.

A new report warns that government educational reforms since 2010 have failed to provide a coherent system of education and training with sufficient learning options for individuals not wanting to follow traditional academic pathways.

The next phase of the Government's Disability Confident campaign starts on 21 November when the first in a series of regional events for the business community will take place in Birmingham. Mike Penning, the new Minister for Disabled People, will be attending. Mike Penning has written a letter of introduction to all Disability Confident stakeholders and this includes a link to the highlights video from the July conference, which has been published on YouTube.

The next phase of the £30million Wales Economic Growth Fund has opened for expressions of interest from companies looking to access gap funding of more than £100,000 to support job creating projects.

More than £9 million was allocated to 135 projects in the first phase of the fund earlier this year – creating 980 potential jobs across Wales and safeguarding the future of almost 800 more. Some of those benefiting include: