Jobseekers help to spruce up city cemetery
FIVE young jobseekers have been helping to spruce up an historic Plymouth cemetery.
Ford Park Cemetery has taken on the quintet as part of a controversial Government work experience programme.
They are currently carrying out gardening work at the 34.5-acre site, which is run by a volunteer-led charitable trust.
The mandatory work activity scheme is part of a package of Coalition Government measures aimed at getting unemployed young people back into work.
There has been fierce criticism of multinational corporations for employing jobseekers who faced losing their benefits if they failed to carry out the unpaid work.
But Tory employment minister Chris Grayling says recent figures show young unemployed people taking part in work experience schemes are nearly 20 per cent more likely to find work.
The Ford Park Cemetery Trust has been offering work placements aimed at boosting the skills and experience of the long-term jobless.
Trust chairman Dr Henry Will MBE said: "We take our responsibility to the community very seriously and we are delighted if, in a small way, we can help young people in the very difficult employment situation they face today."