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Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant praises Welsh Assembly training scheme

SUPPORT has been shown for changes to a scheme which aims to help Welsh residents obtain jobs.

Alyn and Deeside Labour AM Carl Sargeant showed backing for alterations to the Welsh Assembly Government’s ReAct initiative, which has been changed to offer more support to more people.

ReAct helps people who have lost their jobs to retrain and gain new skills to find new employment opportunities, as well as supporting firms to take on people who have been made redundant.

In its first two years, the scheme has proved successful, surpassing its original target of helping 1,150 people and 500 companies, after it has supported 15,884 people and more than 1,100 firms.

ReAct II sees the wage subsidy increase for employers who recruit a redundant person, as long as the job provides a minimum of 25 hours work a week or more.

The subsidy will increase from £2,080 to £3,000.

Mr Sargeant said: “I very much welcome this increased support, which will provide a greater incentive for local businesses to create further jobs.”