£1 million to boost job scene

A JOBS fund to get more young people working in Bulwell and the rest of Nottingham has been boosted by an extra £1 million.

The money almost doubles a pot of cash available for the Nottingham Jobs Scheme, which was launched by Nottingham City Council last September.

The scheme was initially launched with £1.5 million funding to create 250 jobs over the next three years and the extra sum will help create another 160 jobs.

The fund pays half the minimum wage salary of every 18-to-24-year-old employed through the scheme.

The initiative was set up after the coalition government abolished the Future Jobs Fund, which was backed with more than £10 million of government cash and created 1,000 jobs in Nottingham.

The city council’s deputy leader, Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), said: “It’s important that we support young people into work and that is what our Nottingham Jobs Fund does.

“Jobs are our top priority. With the country back in recession, unemployment is up and more than a million young people have no job.”

He added that money from the scheme had been re-directed from other parts of the budget and he claimed: “It is the best use of resources that we can make.”

Businesses wanting to join the scheme are asked to contact Kevin Bartlett on 0115 8762527.