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Jobs created for 350 unemployed in Surrey

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The posts will last six months with the aim of giving young people new skills

Hundreds of jobs are to be created after Surrey Economic Partnership was awarded nearly £2.3m to tackle unemployment among young people.

Surrey County Council will oversee the creation of 350 six-month posts for people aged between 18 and 24.

They will learn new skills which will help them get other jobs in the future.

The council said hotspots such as Maybury and Sheerwater in Woking, Merstham, Westborough and Stanwell would be earmarked as priority areas.

'Challenging times'

Council leader Dr Andrew Povey said it was a big boost for the county.

He added: "This money means we can make a real difference to 350 young people who would otherwise be struggling for employment and money during challenging economic times.

"The jobs are designed to give them the experience and confidence that will help them find long-term work and that will be essential to help Surrey move out of the recession."

The money has been awarded by the Future Jobs Fund scheme, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

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