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Employers could benefit from grant assistance to offer jobs

Bedford Borough looking to gain second stage funding for long-term unemployed

Release date: 08/01/2010

Using the Future Jobs Funding programme - a £1.1 million government initiative to generate minimum 6-month job opportunities - Bedford Borough has already created 198 jobs for long-term unemployed young people and those from unemployment hot spots.

The Borough is now looking to put in a second application and would like to hear from any employers within the Borough who would be willing to offer jobs to long-term unemployed young people, and receive a grant for doing this.

In order to access the government funding, it is essential that the Council identifies new job opportunities that can be created within local organisations that may be eligible for funding.  

It is now appealing to employers who may be able to take advantage of the scheme - if the bid is successful each employer will be offered in the region of £5000 per job created.

If you are able to:-

Simon Dunning, at Bedford Borough Council, wants to hear from you.

Types of jobs

Examples of the types of jobs that may be eligible include those delivering services i.e. care or education services, community outreach or development, projects that reinvest in the community and support community organisations or “green jobs” such as ground and park maintenance or environmental projects.

All programme participants will be referred by Job Centre Plus to ensure eligibility under the scheme. Your organisation would be the direct employer of the individual with responsibility for the interview and selection of the person to ensure that you have the right candidate.    

The scheme will also offer a complementary range of training and advice to the participant.

It is anticipated that a bid will be submitted by the end of January. This means that, if successful, jobs can start being delivered on the ground from May 2010 (following on from the current programme) .  

You can obtain a proforma template required for each proposed job created from Simon Dunning (details shown below). These must be completed and returned by close of play on Monday 18th January at the very latest.


In compliance with the Equal Pay Act, should the position you have identified merit payment above national minimum wage, the Future Jobs Fund would then act as a contribution towards the cost of employing the individual. Please state if this is the case in the proforma template and the level of matched funding that would be available. 

If you would like to discuss any potential jobs, please do not hesitate to contact Simon Dunning (contact details shown below). The template provides a guide of what you will need to demonstrate and you may find out more regarding the Future Jobs Fund by visiting

For more information, please contact Simon Dunning at Bedford Borough Council by calling 01234 276915 or by emailing

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