£51million employment boost for young adults
Published 8th August 2016
We're very proud to be part of Black Country Impact - a £51million project to help young adults from across the Black Country into work.
Black Country Impact is a £51million scheme to help young adults in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton gain the skills they need to get into work.
Black Country Impact is about helping young adults break down the barriers that may be holding them back from finding work, improving their skills or gaining qualifications.
Councillor Steve Eling, Leader of Sandwell Council, said: "This project is a fantastic opportunity for councils to work with local employers to get young people from across the Black Country into work.
"They will be given the support and skills they need to start careers in a range of industries and Sandwell is delighted to be a part of that.
"Our young people are our future and anything we can do to make it easier to get them on the career ladder is going to help not only transform lives but also boost the economy."
Black Country Impact involves Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and City of Wolverhampton Councils and Black Country Talent Match, a project led by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council funded through the Big Lottery Fund.
The money for the project has come from the European Social Fund (£17million), from the government's Youth Employment Initiative (£17million) plus potential match funding of up to £8million from the Big Lottery Fund and other partners.