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Future Jobs Fund

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) local authorities, (b) social enterprises and (c) other third sector providers have (i) applied and (ii) qualified for money from the Future Jobs Fund since the fund was established; (296826)

(2) how many (a) young people and (b) people from other disadvantaged groups have received assistance from the Future Jobs Fund since the fund was established.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not have a detailed breakdown of the sectors that have bid. The list of successful bidders to the Future Jobs Fund is available on our website at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/futurejobsfund

Many of these bids are from partnerships that plan to create jobs with a variety of organisations, in different sectors.

We will be publishing official statistics on the number of people participating in the Future Jobs Fund in spring 2010, which will include characteristics such as age, gender, ethnicity and type of benefit previously claimed. Until then these data are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs in culture and creative industries have been created through the Future Jobs Fund since its inception; and what the average (a) length of contract and (b) salary for each such job is. (299215)

[holding answer 10 November 2009]: The Government are currently working with cultural and creative sectors in order to create exciting job opportunities within the Future Jobs Fund and we also welcome bids that create apprenticeships.

At this stage the DWP does not have a detailed breakdown of the sectors that the bids seek to create jobs in. The list of successful bidders to the Future Jobs Fund is available on our website at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/futurejobsfund

Many of these bids are from partnerships that plan to create jobs with a variety of organisations, in different sectors. The jobs will, however, last for at least six months and the salary will be paid at the national minimum wage or more.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional funding streams were included in each successful bid proposal under the Future Jobs Fund. (297348)

Not all bidders have provided details of other available funding streams within their bids in the first three bidding rounds and to retrospectively identify all the relevant funding streams would incur disproportionate costs. The current round provides a wider cross section of information of the funding streams available in support of their bids. These include:

Fairer Scotland Fund; Lottery Funding; European Social Fund; Community Cash Back Fund; Working Neighbourhood Fund; Yorkshire Forward Geographical Fund; Economic Partnership (East of England Development Agency); Premier League PFA; Nottinghamshire and Greater Nottinghamshire Single Programme; Train to Gain Fund; LSC funding; Workways Convergence Project; TVRN and the Step Ahead fund.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) 18 to 24 years olds and (b) people living in deprived areas have participated in Future Jobs Fund jobs in each month since the scheme began; (297357)

(2) how many (a) young people aged 18 to 24 and (b) out of work benefit recipients in deprived areas have (i) applied for and (ii) started a job under the Future Jobs Fund in each month since the scheme began.

The information requested is not currently available but will be made available in future through a statistical release covering the whole of the Young Persons Guarantee. The first publication should be ready around six months after the start of the programme and quarterly thereafter.

Information regarding ongoing progress will be reported through quarterly statistical releases in line with the Department’s other employment programmes. The established process is for the first of these to be made available around six months after a new programme starts. This is to allow time for input from the UK Statistics Authority and for the information to be collected, understood, verified and reported. We will be following this approach with the Young Persons Guarantee.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many organisations which have been successful in bids under the Future Jobs Fund are from the (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sector; (297360)

(2) how many jobs in each successful bid under the Future Jobs Fund are classified as (a) green jobs and (b) jobs in social enterprises.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not have a detailed breakdown of the sectors that the bids seek to create jobs in. The list of successful bidders to the Future Jobs Fund is available on our website at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/futurejobsfund

Many of these bids are from partnerships who plan to create jobs with a variety of organisations, in different sectors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals each successful bid under the Future Jobs Fund programme made on the improvement of the long-term employability of each participant. (297422)

It is not possible to provide details of what each successful bidder under the Future Jobs Fund programme proposes to do to improve the long term employability of each participant. However, before receiving grant funding successful bidders must set out their plans to improve the employability of each person. Successful bidders will have to provide employability support to each individual which best suits their needs.

Examples of the types of provision of support to Future Jobs Fund employees into sustainable employment include:

Regular reviews;

Job Matching;

Basic Skills Assessment, for example, CCOS Employment Training has the Basic Skills Quality Mark, and identifying training needs;

Planned access to ‘Job Clubs’;

Regular advice and information on Job and Training vacancies;

Individual Training and Job Plans;

In-depth assessment of the existing skills levels of the client, including a Skills for Life Assessment;

Receiving a reference from their employer, further helping to improve their employability;

Personal adviser contact, advice and support;

Training opportunities and in work training;

Individual learning plans;

Core skills development and confidence-building;

ESOL and literacy and numeracy, where required;

Interpersonal skills development;

Monthly reviews;

Mentoring support;

Ongoing supervision;

Induction programmes to provide support to access the most appropriate placement for their skills, abilities and interests, and cover such topics as health and safety, basic work skills, confidence building and working within a team, and

Holding 1-1 meetings to identity any barriers to employment, to identify specialist support or training needs and prepare a work plan.