UK Government

Department for Culture, Media And Sport: New arts jobs for young people

Press Release   •   Jan 22, 2010 11:09 GMT

Over 200 theatre and performing arts apprenticeships across London and Essex were announced by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw today.

The Government has announced the latest successful bids for funding to help young unemployed people into a career in the arts. These include:

* 167 arts jobs across 14 London boroughs in a project run by New Deal of the Mind.  These include design assistants, marketing and press assistants and fundraisers at organisations including The British Library, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Young Vic and the Royal Court.

* 56 jobs working for a disability-led theatre group in Essex.  Theatre Resource, based in Ongar, is an arts organisation specialising in disability arts and social inclusion.  Also co-ordinated by New Deal of the Mind, jobs include community craft workers, marketing assistants and arts programme workers.
Ben Bradshaw said:

“I am very pleased to announce today these new jobs in the arts, all of which will be paid for by the Government’s Future Jobs Fund.

“This means that there will shortly be over 200 previously unemployed young people working in an exciting, creative environment that might otherwise have proved impossible to break into.

“This £1.45 million announcement is a tremendous investment in our creative industries and in the talent of the future.”

The Future jobs Fund is a Department for Work and Pensions initiative that aims to create 120,000 jobs for young people aged 18- 24 who have been unemployed for 6 months. It forms part of the Young Persons Guarantee and contributes to the Backing Young Britain Campaign.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has committed to contributing 10,000 jobs within this, 5,000 in sport and 5,000 in culture.

Notes to Editors

1. The jobs announced today are part of the £1billion Future Jobs Fund, which as previously announced, will provide funding for 170,000 jobs that will be paid at least at National Minimum Wage. 120,000 will be targeted at 18-24 year olds, the rest will be targeted at unemployment hotspots

2. Further information on the Future Jobs Fund is available at The Future Jobs Fund (FJF) is managed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and will spend £1.1 billion over the next two years to support the creation of 170,000 jobs.

3. The Fund is a challenge fund which offers employers up to £6,500 for each job created, to assist with the associated training, wage and administrative costs. Prospective employers will have to bid for the funding and will need to demonstrate that the extra jobs created will last at least six months and will provide rapid benefit to the local community.

4. A bid must meet the following minimum criteria set by DWP to be successful:

* it will create new jobs, lasting at least six months, either for long-term unemployed young people or older people in unemployment hotspots;

* the work done will benefit local communities;

* the work will be under way quickly

* the jobs must be at least 25 hours a week and pay at least the national minimum wage.


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