John Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Skills, has announced that one of the main priorities of the Welsh Assembly Government’s new draft budget is to support young people affected by the downturn. Around £20.5m in funding has been allocated to schemes that help young people find jobs in Wales by providing them with the means to complete their education and training, reports Wales Online.
Projects to receive funding include the Skillbuild programme, designed for people with entry-level skills, and the Pathways to Apprenticeships scheme, which provides learners with vocational education in preparation for an employed apprenticeship when the economy turns a corner. Go Wales will also receive a cash boost to help more graduates into work.
With little relief in sight on the employment scene, job hunters have to be savvier and more careful than ever about what they choose to spend money on as they search. Luckily, one of the best ways to find a job - networking - is practically free and many websites and job portals offer free membership to jobseekers and employers alike.
The key is to stay focused on your goals, experts said. Here are some tips on ways to keep spending down while looking for the job you want.