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Ministers unveil £1.1bn funding for art and design jobs

Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2009   Category: Creative Industries: arts and design

Those looking to get into graduate art and design jobs have been given a boost by planned funding of £1.1 billion to create new positions in the culture, music and creative industries.

Announced by work and pensions secretary James Purnell and culture minister Andy Burnham, the funding aims to create between five and ten thousand employment opportunities, including those for graduates.

Local councils, third sector groups, arts organisations and creative industry bodies are all expected to benefit from the cash injection allowing them the ability to offer new, innovative jobs.

Mr Burnham, speaking at the launch of the Lifting People, Lifting Places scheme, said that organisers of music festivals are already keen to bid for investments.

He added: "This investment is a golden opportunity to create real jobs for Britain's young talent of the future."

Chancellor Alistair Darling recently said in his annual budget report that the government would help the 250,000 unemployed young people in Britain today, including those finding it difficult to secure a graduate job during the recession.

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