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Olympic host boroughs call for arts training to cut youth unemployment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 19:18 17 August 2012

More jobs should be created for young people in the arts and creative industries as a legacy of London 2012.

That’s the call in the six Olympic ‘host’ boroughs to museums and the music, digital and gaming industries.

A free ‘Create Jobs’ programme is tacking youth unemployment in the most deprived areas, such as Tower Hamlets and Hackney where the jobless queues are among the worst in the South East.

The programme, run by the New Direction trust which is part of a national network of organisations funded by the Arts Council, wants more employers to run eight-week courses and will match and recruit trainees to help reduce red tape and costs.

It anticipates jobs in the creative sectors rising by a third over the next 10 years.

“We need to train youngsters to take up these roles,” said New Direction’s chief executive Steve Moffitt. “We have a thriving arts and creative industry with a sixth of the country’s economy generated by creative companies.”

It is already supported by organisations like the Whitechapel Gallery, Bow Arts Trust and Shoreditch Trust.

Organisers now want to extend the programme to encourage museums and the music, digital and gaming industries to join. Those interested can call 020-8536 5380, or email createjobs@anewdirection.org.uk.

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