Future Jobs Fund

Artswork successfully applied to the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver 105 jobs for unemployed young people in arts, cultural and creative organisations in the South East and in the East Midlands.


“Artswork has demonstrated extreme competence at managing their FJF project. They have given additional support to their end employers, who in many cases are small voluntary or community arts charity organisations…The support and development given to FJF employees is outstanding. It is delivered through The Champions Project…The website for FJF employees is another example of good practice.” 

- Report for DWP (October 2010) following monitoring visit led by Job Centre Plus -

Artswork worked with a delivery partner (Derbyshire Learning and Development Consortium in the East Midlands) to help deliver this ambition. Artswork is responsible for delivering 65 jobs and DLDC delivered 40. The Programme is currently in its closing stages and is due to be completed at the end of October 2011.

While Artswork directly employed all the FJF employees, managing payroll and HR aspects, we worked closely with the host arts and cultural organisations which acted as line-managers of the employees and to allocate on a monthly basis the hosting grants to each organisation as their hosting fees.

As part of a Future Jobs Fund placement employees were asked if they would like a Peer Motivator to support, encourage and provide unbiased advice to them during their 6-month work placement. Peer motivators were volunteers who were participating in The Champions Programme. The Peer Motivator sessions took place over the telephone, on a monthly basis, with supported email contact being maintained between each phone call as necessary.