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Past Programmes: Future Jobs Fund

Date Created: 17th Jan 2017

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In 2009, 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 East Midlands by September 2011. Working with a delivery partner in the East Midlands – Derbyshire Learning and Development Consortium – Artswork built supportive partnerships with host cultural organisations enabling young people to take up the 105 Future Jobs Fund posts.

With an additional team member we are able to spend more time on funding applications, building partnerships with local organisations, and seeking out new opportunities for vulnerable young people to participate in artistic activities – OYAP Trust, FJF South East host organisation


My confidence has increased. I feel more confident in my abilities as a person and that I can add value to a company
– Artswork FJF Employee

Project outcomes

  • 105 unemployed young people between the ages of 18-25 were successfully recruited
  • 88% of employees engaged with the programme over the whole six-month placement
  • Significant benefits to the employees included increased self-confidence, the development of communications skills and enhanced employment prospects
  • Increased interest created in cultural employers for work-based learning placements
  • Artswork created a dedicated website connecting young people to opportunities in the cultural and creative sectors
  • Artswork provided 270 training placements for FJF employees including Arts Award
  • Partner host organisations were very wide ranging, covering all artforms including visual and performing arts organisations, local authorities, theatres and community arts organisations

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