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Monday, March 9, 2015

Three find work with Splash Magic

A Welsh Government employment scheme has seen three young people find work at a community-run leisure centre.

Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates visited Splash Magic on Friday (March 6) to meet the first two members of staff taken on through Jobs Growth Wales, which has now helped almost 15,000 unemployed -16 to 24-year-olds into work.

Callum Edwards, from Ruabon, has been appointed Community Relations Assistant, while Hannah Williams from Southsea will work on reception.
A third Jobs Growth Wales employee, Lisa Valentine, also from Ruabon, started today (Monday) as an admin assistant, while two more roles – a gym assistant and a pool assistant – are also being advertised.

Jobs Growth Wales was launched by the Welsh Labour Government in April 2012 and has since surpassed every target set well ahead of schedule.
Mr Skates, who was responsible for the programme during his time as deputy minister for skills and technology, said: “Jobs Growth Wales is one of Welsh Labour’s flagship schemes and is the benchmark for similar job creation programmes throughout Europe.
“I’m delighted that we have three more success stories here in Clwyd South, and this is win-win. Callum, Hannah and Lisa will gain vital experience that future employers will look for, while the leisure centre gets two young, enthusiastic and intelligent employees who will help widen the skills base here.”

He added: “I’m pleased and proud that Jobs Growth Wales has now helped almost 1,000 people in Wrexham and Denbighshire into work.”

Splash Magic, formerly Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, was reopened as a social enterprise led by a volunteer-run community trust on December 8, 2014, just under a year after the facility was closed by Wrexham Council.

* Volunteers are still needed to help out at Splash, particularly on reception and in the café. If you are interested, call the centre on 01978 821600.

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