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Massive jobs boost for Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 18:01 15 September 2009 | UPDATED: 08:31 01 August 2010

SUFFOLK'S future looked bright today after the announcement of 200 new jobs for young people.

The county council has been given the go-ahead to create the vacancies in waste and environmental work, the voluntary sector, arts and culture, general admin, social care and youth work.

SUFFOLK'S future looked bright today after the announcement of 200 new jobs for young people.

The county council has been given the go-ahead to create the vacancies in waste and environmental work, the voluntary sector, arts and culture, general admin, social care and youth work.

Role will include library assistants, assistant rangers, and heritage and tourism positions.

The new posts were among more than 600 created across the East of England and 7,500 in the country as part of the government's £1billion Future Jobs Fund (FJF).

They bring the total number of jobs created through FJF to almost 55,000.

Yvette Cooper, secretary of state for Work and Pensions, said: “We're determined to do everything we can to help young people get their first job despite the recession. Never again must we see a generation lost to work.

“So far our innovative FJF has provided the money to create almost 55,000 jobs for young people and those in the hardest hit communities.

“We know things will be tougher for some time and unemployment is likely to keep increasing for a while even once the economy is growing.

“But that's why we're so determined to keep increasing support so that young people can get the jobs and training they need.”

Up to 200 sports coaching jobs are also being created through the Football League Trust, meaning all 72 clubs will have the chance to give youngsters in their community the opportunity to work for them.

The FJF will provide funding for 100,000 jobs for young people and 50,000 for unemployment hotspots.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced earlier this month that young people could now apply for jobs under the fund after being unemployed for 10 months rather than twelve.

Organisations can visit www.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/futurejobsfund to express interest in bidding for jobs.

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