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Activity and advice roadshow for unemployed teenagers

Published 21st October 2016

Unemployed teenagers can get career advice and support at a fun roadshow in Oldbury and Wednesbury next week.

The Black Country Impact Roadshow on Wednesday 26 October will bring the council’s Youth Bus to Sandwell Council House in Oldbury from 10am to 12.30pm and Morrisons in Wednesbury between 1.30pm and 4pm. The event is for young people aged between 16 and 19 who aren’t in education, training or employment.

The Youth Bus has a range of games consoles including a PS4 and Xbox 360 - plus DJ decks, boxercise, tennis, football, basketball and music.

Advice about healthy eating and well-being, benefits and money management or volunteering will be available.

Connexions personal advisers and mentors will also be on hand to offer advice and guidance on education, training and jobs. Professional firefighters will be there and young people can also learn about the security industry.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Simon Hackett said: “We want to help young people who aren’t in jobs, education and training to work out what they want to do next.

“This will be a fun day with lots of activities to try and plenty of mentors and professionals who will help give young people an idea of the opportunities available for them.”

For more information go to the Connexions website, call Connexions on 0121 569 2955 or search for Connexions Sandwell on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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.

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 and 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.

The Managing Authority for this project is the Department of Work and Pensions.