Black Country Impact has now helped more than 6,000 young people into work or training, figures have revealed.
The service offers help for 16 to 29-year-olds in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton who are currently not in employment, education or training.
It officially started just under two years ago and has forged relationships with more than 100 businesses or training providers.
The difference Black Country Impact is making to people’s lives across the region can be best explained by one of the young adults who has received this support, who said: “When I was unemployed I felt like I lacked purpose and prospects.
It officially started just under two years ago and has forged relationships with more than 100 businesses or training providers
“When I tried to change my circumstance it felt like a vicious cycle where I could not get the opportunities I needed to do the job that suits me. And now, the Black Country Impact has got the young person’s interest at its heart, encouraging young adults to embrace their interest and get a job out of it.”
Support includes supplying equipment, as well as providing free clothing, travel, and childcare depending on the needs of the individual.
The help and assistance provided is tailored to individual need and support is also available for those with disabilities, ex-offenders and the homeless.
Abbie completed a level 2 qualification in childcare and wanted to move on to study level 3 health and social care, so she could find employment in a field she was passionate about, helping to support others in a caring role.
She was experiencing difficulties getting on to a level 3 programme because of her English and maths skills. This had become a real barrier to her and was preventing Abbie from gaining the career that she wanted.
Abbie also became pregnant and this was creating a further issue. If she were to start a course, she would not be able to fully complete it before the baby is born.
Together, Black Country Impact was able to discuss the options that Abbie could achieve in a short timescale and that would be of benefit to her. Through Black Country Impact, Abbie received the support she needed to kick-start her career.
Black Country Impact found Abbie a local training provider who was offering a summer programme improving English and maths skills. Abbie took the opportunity and went on to work towards one of the personal goals, which was successfully achievable before she had her baby.
Support that is tailored to the individual
Through Black Country Impact young adults across the region can build a future inaway that is tailored to them, through traineeships, apprenticeships, coaching, work placements, selfemployment advice, including social enterprises, customised training and more.
The project is receiving up to £34 million of funding, made up of £17 million from the European Social Fund and £17 million from the Youth Employment Initiative. It will also get match funding of up to £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund and other partners.
There are a number of ways to contact the Black Country Impact including Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackCountryImpact, Twitter by visiting @BC_Impact and other alternatives such as email and telephone.
To pick the way that suits you best and to find out more visit www.dudley.gov.uk/bcimpact
Black Country Impact
259 Castle Street,
0300 555 2345
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