This 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, plus match funding of up to £8 million from the National Lottery Community Fund and funding from partners.
The Black Country Impact helps local businesses recruit the people they need to succeed and grow. This two year project is already helping hundreds of people, including delivering access to a wide range of people that suit the needs of local businesses.
The project provides services such as coaching of young adults, aged 16 to 29, in the workplace and even facilitates customised training to address any in-work needs to support the young adult to retain their placement or job offer.
The Black Country Impact is in a unique position to have a wide range of influence within local recruitment across the Black Country, and as such is helping businesses overcome the barriers to finding the right local people.
The project is determined to tackle the barriers that may be preventing Black Country businesses recruiting local people. This includes brokering of the right opportunities between young adults and the business.
The benefit to local businesses includes an ability to work in partnership to identify the key skills that are needed to fulfil vacancies and ensure individual young adults receive pre-employment training to meet these needs. Black Country Impact builds upon partnerships with employers to strengthen their ability to employ young adults.
The project includes providing businesses with a programme of tailored support, this involves an account managed service to help with recruitment. The Black Country Impact ultimately gives local businesses access to the best employability service.
The Black Country Impact project has only been possible due to the financial support of the European Union’s European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, and further funding through Talent Match funders, the National Lottery Community Fund. In total, funders have enabled a package of up to £51 million to be made available for young adults across the Black Country.
If you are an employer looking to find new talent, you can get in touch with the Black Country Impact by visiting www.dudley.gov.uk/bcimpact . Alternatively businesses wanting to explore how the project can help them find new talent can call 01384 817751.