The Black Country Impact has successfully achieved up to £51 million of funding to deliver a two year project that will address the barriers faced by unemployed individuals aged 15-29 years, supporting them to secure a brighter future through employment, training and education.
The four Black Country Councils came together in 2014 and began work on developing a new approach that supports young people into employment, education and training. The councils were quickly joined by Black Country Talent Match, a project led by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and funded through the Big Lottery. Together the partnership has succeeded in gaining approval from Department of Work and Pensions for £34 million of new European Union funding, matched by £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund and further funding from partners to create a £51 million Impact programme.
The funders backing the Black Country Impact project are the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England, and the Big Lottery Fund which has provided “match” funding through its financing of Black Country Talent Match.
The projects strength is its individualised approach and alternative delivery, which simply put gives young adults across the Black Country the most flexible and personalised learning and support possible to overcome barriers to employment.
The project provides:
- a programme to support employability and skills
- a Key Worker/Mentor trained to support young people throughout their journey
- advice and guidance, along with customised and tailored support. Assistance may be able to be provided with travel,childcare and equipment
- job brokerage for young people.
The Black Country Impact is determined to tackle the barriers that may be preventing some young adults from becoming all they can. Through specialised services the project will ultimately give young people across the Black Country the best employability prospects for the future, benefiting them and local communities.
You can contact and follow the Black Country Impact on Twitter @BC_Impact, and it’s newly launched Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlackCountryImpact Alternatively, you can also visit the projects web page at http://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/black-country-impact
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