Mr Skates hailed the success of the Welsh Labour Government’s Jobs Growth Wales programme, which was set up in 2011 and has seen 6,896 of the positions filled – 544 since 10 August this year.
The ‘flagship’ scheme was set up to tackle a key issue that young people face in their search for jobs – how they can secure the work experience employers require.
As well as creating job opportunities for unemployed people aged 16-24, the posts created by Jobs Growth Wales are new positions and can therefore help Welsh businesses grow.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Skates said: “Jobs Growth Wales is one of the Welsh Government’s flagship programmes and it’s fantastic to see that it continues to go from strength to strength.
“It’s clear to see from the statistics Jobs Growth Wales is working and is making a real difference to young people's lives. Our absolute priority in these still-challenging economic times is to stand up for the people of Wales, creating jobs and enabling growth, and the ongoing success of this programme proves we’re doing just that.”