LABOUR-RUN VALE COUNCIL CUTS BACK ON JOBS FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS

The Vale of Glamorgan Council HQ in Barry provides a lower proportion of jobs for young people than most other employers in the area.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council HQ in Barry provides a lower proportion of jobs for young people than most other employers in the area.

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.

School leavers' chances of getting a job with the Vale of Glamorgan Council are declining

School leavers’ chances of getting a job with the Vale of Glamorgan Council are declining

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”.

The hot DBM - mixed at 200 C - is poured into wheelbarrows

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Highways and Engineering Department currently has several unfilled vacancies which could potentially be filled by 16-24 year olds

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.

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2 Responses to LABOUR-RUN VALE COUNCIL CUTS BACK ON JOBS FOR 16-24 YEAR OLDS

  1. Colin Davies says:

    Simply put, this age range would normally be employed in a front line customer service, these jobs are being cut by the council in favour of beefing up senior management pensions as they count down to retirement without actually contributing anything!! Local Government is an immensely outdated business model and something needs to be done urgently!!

  2. Paul says:

    Labour doesn’t mean or stand for jobs, its just a political party who are in it for the same as the rest of em. Thats politics…………..

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