The Lyric Theatre has created a placement scheme for young uneployed people. The plan is part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund scheme.
The Lyric Theatre placed a successful bid for funds which will help unemployed youngsters aged between 18 and 24 learn skills useful in the arts. There are 20 placements available to young people who have been out of work for six months or longer.
Jessica Hepburn, Lyric executive director, told the Fulham Chronicle: “The Lyric Hammersmith is delighted to be providing these work placements for young people from across the local area to get back into work. The project beneficiaries will benefit from training, mentoring and support before joining the Lyric’s workforce over the next few months”.
Positions at the Lyric will range from design assistants dealing with costumes and stage set-up, working with actors, to facilities management, including technical support and marketing and press assistant jobs.
The scheme is intended to provide experience of working life for young people who have not worked before and help pave their way to long-term employment.
Under the deal, employers are offered £6,500 for each job created to help cover training, wage and administrative costs, with those taken on expected to work 25 hours a week.
The arts project, run by New Deal of the Mind, has created more than 200 jobs in an industry which is tough to break into.