Black Country Impact

Organisation provides one-to-one help for people across the region to take the next steps towards employment, education or gain a qualification, with free training, help overcoming barriers to employment and a mentor




Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact has already helped thousands of people aged 16 to 29 years old progress into employment, education or gain a qualification, and the figure continues to rise.

Since the launch of Black Country Impact in 2016, it has assisted thousands of young adults, providing employment advice, support and opportunities to help them get off to a flying start towards employment.

Bespoke free training

Black Country Impact offers bespoke free training, tailored support, and one-to-one training to help young people take the next steps towards a job.

Black Country Impact supports 16 to 29-year-olds, living across the Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton boroughs, who are not in employment, education or training.

Working with local businesses

The service also has a long track record of forging close links with many local businesses and training providers.

Through these relationships and providing specialist one-to-one training, Black Country Impact can help young people achieve their goal of employment or gaining lifelong skills and trades. And, most importantly, this is done in a way that suits the individual. As such, the young person not only gains qualifications and trades but also gains lifelong skills.

Kirsty’s story:

“I was referred to Black Country Impact through the local Jobcentre. I had been looking for work for two years but being a single parent, it’s been really difficult. I have used job sites but not been successful. When I came to Black Country Impact they helped me with my CV, identified what work would be good for me and put me on a work placement. It went so well that I’ve now been taken on. I really enjoy it, people are friendly and the time goes by so quickly.”

Tailored to the individual:

Black Country Impact offers tailored packages of support and opportunities through traineeships, apprenticeships, coaching, work placements and self-employment advice.

With no tuition fees to pay, Black Country Impact is the best alternative to traditional training courses.

The service provides a mentor, to support young people through their journey, providing advice, support and guidance. Support can also include help with travel, childcare and equipment, making it simple to start a job or training.

Black Country Impact helps young adults address a range of personal and skills needs, in readiness for them to take the employment opportunities they want.

The support provided by Black Country Impact is bespoke to the individual and as such can help with overcoming a wide range of barriers, including those faced by people with disabilities, ex-offenders and the homeless.

Ensuring young people get a boost towards jobs:

The project has received up to £38.7 million of funding, made up of £19.36 million from the European Social Fund and £19.36 million from the Youth Employment Initiative, plus match funding of up to

£19.36 million from the National Lottery Community Fund and partners.

  • To take those next steps towards employment contact Black Country Impact by visiting residents/black-country-impact/contact-us

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259 Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1LQ.
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