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Charity demands equality for older jobseekers.

PRIME Cymru has called for the Welsh Government to provide equal measures of support for older Neets (not in education, employment or training) as it does for younger people.

e charity, which helps people over the age of 50 nd employment or start a business, claims there are currently more than 212,000 jobless people between 50 and state pension age and that the resources for adult and community education have been reduced resulting in fewer older adults studying.

Jobs Growth Wales has recently reported it has lled 9,704 job opportunities and provided grants of PS6,000 each to 249 young people to start their own businesses.

David Pugh, Chief Executive of Prime Cymru said: "We applaud the work of Jobs Growth Wales and welcome the e"ort and resources that the Welsh Government have expended on addressing the devastating e"ects that youth unemployment has had in Wales.

"However, we believe that the 200,000 people over 50 who are jobless should have the same opportunities and level of support.

"e PS6,000 bursary would help older entrepreneurs struggling to start a business as much as a young person.

"We are not asking for special treatment, we are asking for equal treatment.

"e barriers facing jobless older people are often di"erent to those facing younger jobseekers but the e"ects on them and their families are equally devastating.

"If you lose your job in your fties you are statistically more likely to die than to nd another job.

"is forgotten generation needs to be helped.

"We would call upon the Welsh Government to adapt current programmes to remove age barriers and ensure that all future employment, training and skills programmes are age proofed to ensure they are open to all, fair and appropriate."

in Wales, the modern apprenticeship is open to anyone regardless of age. However, Prime Cymru claims it tends to be marketed at younger applicants not older workers looking to change their career path. Employers also receive a nancial incentive under schemes such as the Young Recruits Programme.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 13, 2014
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