Lighthouse media centre employs 24 people from the Future Jobs Fund so far
Twenty four young people have already been employed by the Lighthouse Media Centre using money from the Future Jobs Fund – including a chef, two press assistants and two video production technicians.
The Future Jobs Fund is a government job creation scheme for people aged 18-24 who have been unemployed for 9-12 months or more. Wolverhampton City Council received £2.975m in 2009 to create 455 new jobs in the city.
The Lighthouse Media Centre pledged to employ 50 people from the Future Jobs Fund over 18 months in August 2009.
Kelly Jeffs, the deputy CEO at the centre, said: ‘The Future Jobs Fund is proving to be an effective ‘springboard’ for 18-24 year olds aspiring to work within the creative industries. I have been completely bowled over by the calibre of those we’re engaging with currently and I hope other employers in the region further the success of the scheme.’
Daniel Edwards, a new graphic designer at the centre, said: “The Future Jobs Fund has furthered my experience. It’s given me the opportunity to meet new contacts. I think anybody who has the chance to be a part of the scheme should definitely make the most of it.’