More than 600 new jobs in the cultural, creative and sport sectors have been announced by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw, in a range of projects aimed at getting young people out of unemployment and onto the first rung of the career ladder.
Future Jobs Fund money has been confirmed for jobs around England and Wales in sectors as diverse as theatres and music venues, digital archiving, media production and the furthering the Olympic sporting legacy.
Ben Bradshaw said:
"I am very pleased to announce 624 new jobs in the sport and cultural sectors, the latest in a total of 10,000 we will be funding in these sectors through the Future Jobs Fund.
"And these are great jobs - jobs in sectors that can be really tough to break into, that are usually the preserve of better off children whose parents have the contacts to get them a foot in the door.
"This £5m announcement will ensure that help goes where it is really needed, to young people who might otherwise be in danger of falling into long term unemployment. By getting people into skilled work we are investing in future generations."
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed funding for:
200 jobs nationwide in a range of positions in cultural organisations and community venues, including theatres and live music venues, with roles ranging from community arts practitioner to event management, technical operations, marketing and communications.
142 jobs created by English Heritage, working on the digitisation of 30,000 images of Wiltshire and making them easily accessible to local schools and community groups and over the internet. These jobs will help young people in Swindon to learn about archives; getting hands-on experience with photographic material which will improve their knowledge of the local and national historic environment.
31 jobs in the London Borough of Newham, working in performing arts venues with training provided by Newham Sixth Form College. Run by New Deal of the Mind, the jobs will be based at the Stratford Circus performing arts venue and include media production assistants, community learning assistants and youth mentors.
51 jobs working at the National Association of Clubs for Young People, an organisation with a track record of helping young people through participation in sports, creative arts, training and volunteering. Jobs will include activity officers, youth work apprentices and IT staff.
200 jobs across the West Midlands, coordinated by the Skills Partnership and making a major contribution towards the region's Olympics legacy. Working as School Physical Activity Coordinators in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull and Dudley, these jobs involve working alongside teaching staff engaging young people in physical activities in breakfast, lunch and after school clubs.