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Black Country Impact is having great success in helping young adults make a successful transition from unemployment and inactivity to education and working life.

The Black Country Impact is helping young adults overcome barriers to employment by providing a tailored programme, designed to help the individual build a future in a way that suits their circumstances. This includes being provided with a key worker or mentor trained to support the young adult through their journey, supporting with employability and skills, providing advice and guidance. Support can also include help with travel, childcare and equipment, making it simple to start a job or training.

Black Country Impact has been busy building relationships with local employers, training providers and educators and is delighted to announce that hundreds of young adults are already having a difference made to their lives.

Local businesses and 16 to 29 year olds across the Black Country are encouraged to get involved with the service to improve employment prospects across both the borough and region. You could be the next success.

The project, led by Dudley Council and delivered in partnership with neighbouring Black Country Council’s and Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council’s Talent Match, has been designed to give our young adults a depth of service that would not ordinarily be available to them. Services that include supporting and improving the young adult's employability, which is tailored to the individual and can even include personal and basic skills. The project’s overall aim is to continually reduce those young adults not in education, employment or training, which ultimately will improve the local labour market.

The difference the project is making is best explained by the people that it helps.

Nathen, a 20 year old participant with the Black Country Impact, said:

When I was unemployed I felt like I lacked purpose and prospects. 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.

Black Country Impact ensures that individuals like Nathen have the best possible opportunity to overcome the range of barriers they face, to improve their readiness for work. This is achieved through traineeships, apprenticeships, work placements and many other options that may work for the individual.