Future Jobs Fund To Help Local Young People Into Work

In July 2009, it was confirmed that the Tyne and Wear City Region consortium which comprises the Local Authority areas of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland had secured over £9m from the Government’s Future Jobs Fund Programme.

County Durham have pledged to create 1010 jobs between October 2009 and October 2010. The area received £3m to create 462 jobs by March 2010 with the potential for an extra £3.5m to create an additional 548 jobs by October 2010.

The programme will predominately focus on creating jobs for young people, aged 18 – 24, who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for over 26 weeks, as well as people on other benefits in unemployment ‘hot spots’ such as Peterlee.

The new jobs must lasts for a minimum of six months, provide up to 32 hours a week, pay at least the National Minimum Wage and provide a community benefit.

As part of this initiative East Durham College has created over 20 jobs and apprenticeships. These are;  Project Support Worker (1), Student Support Worker (1), Customer Service/Administrator (3), IT Technician Support (1), Events Support Worker (1), Hospitality Assistant (1), Construction Technician (2), Horticulture Assistant (2), Retail Assistant (2) and Apprenticeships (7), predominantly in Customer Services and Admin).

Julie Mordue, NEET Projects Manager at the College said: “These jobs provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to up skill and will also help us reduce the number of local long term unemployed. The successful candidates will gain real work experience and get paid at the same time. There will be formal on-the-job training that may also result in a new qualification or at least a unit of a qualification.

“As part of the post they will also have access to a range of other job support services, from help with CV writing and interview techniques to help with finding and applying for new jobs.”