A Wolverhampton cinema and media centre is creating 50 jobs for young people as part of a Government scheme to get unemployed youngsters into work.

Light House is taking part in the Future Jobs Fund initiative, run by the Department of Work and Pensions in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government and Jobcentre Plus.

The Future Jobs Fund (FJF), announced in last year’s Budget, was created to help 18 to 24-year-olds who have been out of work between nine and 12 months get back into employment.

Light House intends to create 50 jobs over the next 18 months. Eight people have already been taken on via the project with a further 16 set to start by the end of March.

The jobs created so far include a food preparation assistant in Lock Works Café Bar, two press assistants, a web designer, graphic designer and two video production technicians.

Light House, deputy chief executive Kelly Jeffs, said: “I have been completely bowled over by the calibre of those we have engaged with currently and I hope that other prospective employers across the region will recognise the high value of these individuals by offering the right opportunities and nurturing them appropriately.”