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Council to offer more apprenticeships to unemployed young people - 07.08.09

Twelve new council apprenticeships will be created for unemployed young people this autumn after Sutton secured £78,000 of Government funding.

In its latest step to tackle unemployment and counter the effects of the recession, the council will offer the posts to 18 to 24-year-olds who have been out of work for around a year and receiving jobseekers allowance.

They are being funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Future Jobs Fund, which is offering £1billion to support the creation of new jobs across the country.

Businesses in Sutton can also apply for Future Jobs Funding and the council will help with applications.

Jobs created must provide direct benefit to the local community and the new council roles will include working with children and young people, and upkeep of parks and green spaces.

Cllr Lyn Gleeson, Executive Member for Economic Renewal on Sutton Council, said:

"Young people have been hard hit by the recession and the longer they stay out of work, the harder it can be to get back into employment.

"The Future Jobs Fund is a great way for us to help 18 to 24-year-olds find work and is a win-win in that all roles will have a community benefit.

"Sutton was one of the first councils in the country to launch an action plan when the economy went into recession last year.

"We are continuing to find new ways to support local families and businesses through the recession and this extension of our apprenticeship scheme is the latest step."

To be eligible for the posts people must be aged between 18 and 24 and have been out of work for at least 10 months.

If you are a business looking to apply to the Future Jobs Fund and would like to find out more or need help with an application contact Sutton Council's Economic Renewal Team on 020 8770 4121.

Last updated: Friday, 07 August 2009

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