SCVO calls for government support to replace Future Jobs Fund

Coalition puts fund on hold despite job creation success in Scotland

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has called on the government to provide extra support to create jobs in the voluntary sector in Scotland after a report showed the Future Jobs Fund had been a success north of the border.

The Future Jobs Fund was launched last year with the intention of creating 100,000 jobs lasting at least six months for long-term unemployed young people, but the coalition government has closed the scheme to new bidders.

It has been delivered in Scotland by partners including the Third Sector Consortium, a group of 214 voluntary organisations, which created 1,300 placements.

Future Jobs: Future Communities, released yesterday by the SCVO, says the fund has helped to support vulnerable people, increase recycling, involve more children in sport and support financial inclusion projects.

Martin Sime, chief executive of the SCVO, said the Future Jobs Fund was an example of successful public service delivery.

"The Future Jobs Fund may be coming to an end but if the third sector, and society at large, is to step up to the challenge of coming years, it is critical that we consider how we support third sector employers to create career opportunities in the future," he said.

He added that he would like to see the Work Programme, which will be introduced by the government to help unemployed people return to work, contain an element of job creation in the third sector.

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