Clwyd South AM Ken Skates has won a top award for helping thousands of unemployed young people into work.
The Labour Assembly Member was declared the nation’s rising star at the Politician of the Year awards on Tuesday night (December 9) at a ceremony hosted by ITV Wales and the Wales Yearbook Online in Cardiff.
Mr Skates won the ‘Member to Watch’ award after steering the Welsh Labour Government’s flagship youth employment scheme Jobs Growth Wales to unparalleled success and overseeing Europe’s most ambitious broadband scheme, Superfast Cymru.
Wrexham-born Mr Skates paid tribute to the people of Clwyd South during his acceptance speech, and to the 13,000-plus 16- to 24-year-olds that Jobs Growth Wales has helped – which include almost 1,000 in Wrexham and Denbighshire.
He said: “It’s a humbling honour to receive this award for the work I did in my previous role as Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology.
“I’m exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to serve as the AM for the people of Clwyd South as well as in the Welsh Government, and I will continue to work as hard as I possibly can for the people who elected me.”
The judges were unanimous in their decision, stating: “The panel were particularly impressed by the impact you had on the Jobs Growth Wales programme in your first deputy ministerial portfolio, a scheme so vital to our young people that required a champion both to motivate youngsters and engage employers.”
Picture shows Gareth Pennant, Assembly Correspondent for Golwg magazine, presenting Clwyd South AM Ken Skates with his ‘Member to Watch’ award at Welsh Politician of the Year. Picture courtesy of ITV Cymru Wales.