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Helping local businesses find new talent to support growth

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.

Councillor Pete Lowe, Leader of Dudley Council said:

“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, as such I recommend businesses take advantage of the service.”

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 Big Lottery 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.


Notes to editor

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

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.

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.

What is the Black Country Impact

The Black Country Impact programme addresses the barriers faced by unemployed individuals aged 15-29 years, supporting them to secure positive outcomes including employment, apprenticeships, training and further education. Our individualised approach and alternative delivery structures provides flexible personalised learning and support that addresses the range of different personal and skills needs of young adults. Access to trusted advice and support, working alongside partners including housing, health, transport and employers to ensure individuals have the best possible opportunity to overcome the range of barriers they face, and to ensure they effectively participate, achieve a positive outcome and remain engaged.