UK Coastal Communities Fund promotes more than 10,000 jobs
Job prospects are brightening for Britain’s seaside communities as the number of jobs, apprenticeships and training places has passed the 10,000 milestone thanks to the Coastal Communities Fund, Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois announced.
New figures show over 10,000 working opportunities have been delivered as local people drive forward their plans for seaside regeneration supported by the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
The latest figures show there have been almost 3,000 jobs created, 860 sustained and 6,800 new training places and apprenticeships across the UK.
Over the past 3 years, the government has invested some £120 million in projects across the UK to help seaside communities unlock their economic potential, create business opportunities and ensure their long-term future.
The projects are also expected to attract more than £213 million in private sector investment.
Mr. Francois this week saw how the Coastal Communities Fund has transformed the seaside town of Bognor Regis when he opened the reinvigorated town centre which has already boosted visitor numbers and the local economy.
This is the first part of a wider regeneration for the area which has a new dedicated Coastal Community Team to develop a long term strategy. ■