Since Labour took control of the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2012, it appears that the left-wing administration has substantially cut back on the proportion of young people it employs – according to an internal council report.
When Labour gained power in the Vale, four years ago, 13.4% of its entire workforce comprised young people between the ages of 16 and 24 – but now that proportion has dwindled to just 12.6% .
The drop comes despite the fact that young people in the 16-24 age range now comprise 17.1% of the working population of the Vale of Glamorgan.
The council is supposed to have an objective of increasing the employment of 16-24 year olds, so that the proportion of them on its staff rises to the same levels as those of other local public-sector and private-sector employers.
One inside source says the figures for the employment of 16-24 year-olds by the council suggest the Labour administration has shown a bias against hiring young people over the four-and-a-half years it’s been running the Vale.
An internal council report says a more coordinated approach is needed to “improve the employment of school, college and university leavers” as well as to “launch a council-wide professional apprenticeship scheme”.
One area where it appears there is an immediate need for young workers is in the Vale Council’s Highways and Engineering Department where there are several vacant posts which have remained unfilled for some time.
The Vale Council’s “regeneration scrutiny committee” [which operates in a nominally independent watchdog capacity] has already told the council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ [the 5 strong cabal that actually runs the council] that a training programme should be set up to “encourage home grown staff” and to “develop appropriate skills”.
The number of trainees or interns currently employed by the Vale Council is reported to be 15.