A BUMPER jobs boost of more than 10,000 posts has been brought to young people in Wales this year.
Latest figures show Jobs Growth Wales — the Welsh Government's flagship youth employment scheme — has smashed through the milestone in terms of the number of jobs created and approved.
Findings released on Christmas Eve show Jobs Growth Wales — which is part funded by the European Social Fund — has helped to develop 10,231 jobs.
So far, a total of 8,150 youngsters have filled the positions.
Research also shows the success rate for the scheme has broken through the 80 per cent mark for the first time, exceeding all expectations.
In the private sector strand of the scheme, a total of 81 per cent of youngsters moved into employment, an apprenticeship or further learning six months on.
It has improved on the record 78 per cent high recorded in the previous month.
Welsh Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates said he was pleased with the success of the scheme and added: "This has been a stellar year for Jobs Growth Wales, with figures for the programme exceeding all expectations.
"To break through the 10,000 mark in number of jobs created and approved is testament to just how well this programme works and the esteem in which it is held."