Young jobless get in on act with theatre plan
Feb 4 2010 By Salina Patel
NEW arts jobs have been created at the Lyric for young people in the borough as part of the government's Future Jobs Fund scheme.
The Lyric Hammersmith theatre, on Lyric Square, placed a successful bid which will help unemployed youngsters aged between 18 and 24 learn the ropes for a career in the arts.
There are 20 placements available to young people who have been out of work for six months or longer, and applications are still being processed by the local Jobcentre.
Jessica Hepburn, Lyric executive director, said: "The Lyric Hammersmith is delighted to be providing these work placements for young people from across the local area to get back into work. The project beneficiaries will benefit from training, mentoring and support before joining the Lyric's workforce over the next few months.
"The young people will fulfil a number of roles across the organisation."
Positions at the Lyric will range from design assistants dealing with costumes and stage set-up, working with actors, to facilities management, including technical support and marketing and press assistant jobs.
The scheme is intended to provide experience of working life for young people who have not worked before and help pave their way to long-term employment.
Under the deal, employers are offered £6,500 for each job created to help cover training, wage and administrative costs, with those taken on expected to work 25 hours a week.
The arts project, run by New Deal of the Mind, has created more than 200 jobs in an industry which is tough to break into.
Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said: "I am very pleased to announce these new jobs in the arts will be paid for by the government's Future Jobs Fund.
"This means that there will shortly be over 200 previously unemployed young people working in an exciting, creative environment that might otherwise have proved impossible to break into.
"This is a tremendous investment in our creative industries and in the talent of the future."