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Future Jobs Fund Launched

The Future Jobs Fund that was announced in the Budget was launched on 13th May. DWP and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) are inviting bids for the £1 billion available to support the creation of jobs for long term unemployed young people and others who face significant disadvantage in the labour market.  Bids can be submitted at any time, with the first jobs planned to start in October this year.

The aim of FJF is to create 150,000 jobs for 18-24 year olds who have been out of work for a year. Some of these will be targeted in unemployment hotspots and “green jobs”.  Jobs need to last at least 6 months, benefit local communities, start quickly, be at least 25 hours a week, paid at least at the national minimum wage, and are jobs that would not exist without the FJF. The Fund will contribute up to £6,500 for each job.

The government is keen for local authorities, social enterprises and charities put forward bids, with partnership working being a key factor. As is the way for the majority of DWP contracts at the current time, they are seeking to award contracts to larger organisations, so smaller organisations are being “strongly encouraged” to work with local authorities or other third sector organisations to develop joint bids.

This is basically a DWP programme, as clients will be referred to Jobcentre Plus, and there will be requirements for the contractor to undertake key activities with clients as part of the process. 

Visit the Future Funds website for full details of the fund, bidding forms, and other information: www.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/futurejobsfund.  Click here to go directly to the guide.


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