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REC welcomes LDA funding

REC welcomes LDA funding to help Londoners into creative jobs
The trade association representing the UKs private recruitment industry has given a cautious welcome to the news that the London Development Agency is funding a raft of projects designed to develop the creative skills of people living in the capital.
A total of 500,000 has been allocated through the LDAs London Cultural Skills Fund to 12 organisations, all of whom offer activities based on theatre, dance, music production, writing and design.
Commenting on the funding, Jes Ladva, London regional director of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said:
The creative industry - particularly in a city as dynamic as London - is particularly appealing for young people who are at times marginalised from more mainstream job opportunities. The LDA funding will help to enhance the skills of young people and their long-term employability but the initiative cannot be viewed in isolation when employers are still suffering as a result of the current economic climate.
 Improving skills is part of the solution but without support to businesses, these newly acquired talents could instead wither away. We need to ensure that there are outlets for these new skills and that we enhance key entry routes into the world of work such as internships and temporary assignments. On this last point, recruitment agencies in the capital are currently calling on the Government to ensure that new EU regulations on agency work do not have the perverse effect of limiting job opportunities in the creative industries as well as other sectors."
The London Development Agency's (LDA) 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund, which is supported by the Mayor of London, will enable a diverse range of art and skills organisations in the capital to put on courses in creative endeavours. 
This is the second round of the 1.2m fund with a further 500,000 to be awarded later this year through round three. Managed by Arts Council England, the fund will help Londoners to improve their employment prospects in the creative industries as well as tap into London 2012 opportunities such as the Cultural Olympiad.


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