A taste for jobs growth

A taste for Jobs GrowthJobs Growth Wales recruits Bronwen Rackham (right) Gareth Thomas (first right) and Nicola Cioffi (first left) join George Ikamba (second left) owner of Mr G’s Soul Kitchen, Cardiff Bay.

A young entrepreneur who started his own business just under a year ago is supporting a national campaign to help unemployed young people into work.

George Ikamba, owner of Mr G’s Soul Kitchen, a restaurant specialising in Caribbean “Soul food” on Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, has added to his workforce by creating additional opportunities for three young people under the Welsh Government’s Jobs Growth Wales initiative.

Supported by the European Social Fund, the programme provides 16-24 year olds with valuable work experience for a six month period paid at the national minimum wage. National insurance contributions for a minimum of twenty five hours work per week are also paid by the government. At the end of the six months it is hoped that young people will gain sustained employment with the employer or, if this is not possible, be in a better position to apply for other opportunities. All Jobs Growth Wales vacancies are advertised via the Careers Wales website.

George, who was shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at this year’s South Wales Business Awards, recently recruited 18 year old Bronwen Rackham, Nicola Cioffi aged 22 and Gareth Thomas aged 24 to work at the restaurant. He said: “I’m very pleased with the way my business is developing and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to offer permanent opportunities to these young people in the future.”

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