Thursday, July 30, 2009

News: Ministerial visit confirms Rotherham jobs funding


Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper was in Rotherham this week to launch the Government's £1bn Future Jobs Fund.

117 bidders have been given the green light to create up to 47,000 innovative jobs for young people and the long term unemployed. Jobs will include sports coaches, education assistants, and roles in the green and social care sectors.

Over the next two years up to 4,200 jobs will be created in Yorkshire after the first round of bidding.

Local Authorities in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster took advantage of the Future Jobs Fund and submitted a £13.6 million proposal to attract investment and jobs to the area. The bid, could create over 2,000 new jobs across South Yorkshire to help people hit by the recession to gain the skills, confidence and work history they need to secure long-term employment.

In Rotherham, Yvette Cooper was able to meet with young coaches from Rotherham United Community Sports Trust as they took part in a soccer school in Brinsworth. The trust will create a number of jobs using the fund including assistant sports coaches, media assistants and trainee ground staff.

Yvette Cooper said: "We are determined not to lose a generation of talent as has happened in the past because of the global recession. This is why we are announcing 47,000 new jobs for young people today."

She thanked the organisation of the local authorities and the ability of the trust to respond to the Backing Young Britain campaign, aimed at giving every young person a job, training place, skills or work experience.

Wentworth MP John Healey added: "I am pleased our councils have recognised that this fund is well suited to the needs of our local labour markets and offers a great opportunity to help young people who are looking for work, while improving communities and the environment."

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust website


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