Cash boost for projects which help to create new employment

PROJECTS that create local jobs and apprenticeships have been given a £500,000 funding boost.

Social enterprises were invited to apply for financial help in delivering projects that would create jobs for disadvantaged or vulnerable adults and young people, provide a social or environmental benefit for East Sussex, or create volunteering opportunities.

“We are happy to be able to help social enterprises expand and create new and sustainable jobs,” said Cllr Rupert Simmons.

East Sussex County Council received 27 applications from social enterprises totalling £1.2m and all applications were presented to a panel made up of representatives of the council, voluntary sector and the business community.

Between them, the 10 successful projects are expected to create 25 jobs, 21 apprenticeships and 65 volunteering opportunities.

The project will develop a high quality craft shop and venue for the social enterprise sector, creating dozens of opportunities for volunteers and trainees.