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Event being held to help jobseekers back into work

People looking to get into the world of work are being urged to attend an event in Brierley Hill next week.

Black Country Impact, which has already helped thousands of 16 to 29-year-olds into training or to get a job, is hosting the event at the Copthorne Hotel, near the Merry Hill Centre, on Wednesday July 12, 2017.

It is being put on in the Earls Suite so people can come along and find out more about what help and support is available to them.

Doors will open at 10am and the event will close at 4pm, with the first 200 people through the doors getting a £5 Love2Shop voucher.

Black Country Impact offers help in securing training or a job for all 16 to 29-year-olds who are currently not in employment, education or training. Support includes supplying equipment, as well as providing free clothing, travel, and childcare depending on the needs of the individual.

Black Country Impact has forged close links with more than 100 businesses or training providers. It can offer support in a wide range of sectors, with success stories already in fields such as catering, childcare, construction, hair and beauty, retail and teaching.

It is made up of five partners - Dudley Council, Sandwell Council, Walsall Council, Wolverhampton Council and Black Country Talent Match.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

“Black Country Impact is doing an excellent job in giving young people a helping hand to better themselves or get back into work.

“This event will give people the chance to go along and speak to someone face-to-face to find out what Black Country Impact can do for them.”

The 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. It will also get match funding of up to £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund and other partners.

For further information, log onto www.dudley.gov.uk/bcimpact

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Notes to editor

1. European Social Fund – Youth Employment Initiative

The project is receiving up to £34 million of funding from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and London intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

2. Black Country Impact project partners and overall funding allocation

The Black Country Impact is made up of five partners, Dudley Council, Sandwell Council, Walsall Council, Wolverhampton Council and Black Country Talent Match (Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council project funded by the Big Lottery Fund). The specific breakdown of funding for the Black Country Impact project is made up of £17 million Youth Employment Initiative funding, £17 million European Social Fund and £17 million of match funding from the five Black Country Partners (which also includes £8 million of match funds from the Big Lottery Fund). This brings the total value of Black Country Impact project to £51 million, with a completion date for activity of 31 July 2018.

3. Big Lottery Fund – match funders of the Black Country Impact project

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year the Big Lottery Fund funds 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

For more information contact: Wayne Beese, communication and public affairs support officer,

wayne.beese@dudley.gov.uk 01384 815506

Jason Whyley, Regional Marketing and Communications Manager, Black Country Impact,

jason.whyley@dudley.gov.uk 01384 817847