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News - 18 November 2009

Future Jobs Fund opportunity for employers

Brighton & Hove City Council has been successful in gaining funding through the government’s Future Jobs Fund to provide job opportunities for unemployed 18 – 24 year olds who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for between 9 and 12 months. The money can be used by employers to pay core salary at national minimum wage for 25 hours per week.

To maximise the opportunities available, the priority (but not exclusive) employers for these roles will be from the community & voluntary sector and charities as well as social enterprises.

During an economic downturn, there is even more requirement to provide for those who are unemployed, especially young people, who are struggling to even get onto the employment ladder.

BHCC is able to offer fully subsidised employment for up to 6 months under the scheme, which includes on-costs and potential expenses, so will not cost the employer anything beyond desk space and time commitment.

However, preference will be shown to those employers, who are able to put in some extra money (between £600 - £2000 depending on the age of the employee), to extend the opportunities up to a year. The employee will also have access to either an NVQ or Apprenticeship accredited qualification, free of charge, where suitable.

The guidelines can be downloaded from www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/futurejobs or if you want more general information contact the City Employment Initiatives team on 01273 296397 or email futurejobs@brighton-hove.gov.uk


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