End of the line for new work scheme

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A JOB-CREATION scheme that began in January 2010 and ends this summer has helped more than 300 people find work.

Some who have benefited from the “Future Jobs Fund” related their stories to councillors, businesses and partner organisations at the Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax, to mark the end of the Government-funded scheme.

The fund was aimed at people aged 18-24 who had been out of work for six months or more. The Department for Work and Pensions provided up to £6,500 for each new job.

Calderdale Council’s economy and environment spokesman Barry Collins said that the fund has changed the lives of young people.

“By working together, the council and partners from across the public, voluntary and private sectors have been able to create opportunities for young people to get into real jobs,” he said.

“A total of 40 local employers have been involved in the scheme and thousand of hours of training and career guidance support have been given to young people,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

Conservative group leader Stephen Baines (Northowram and Shelf) said: “The total cost of this project was £2.1 million. The Government had to make reductions and concluded this was poor value for money.”