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A leading Black Country training company has secured a slice of £10million Big Lottery funds to help support hundreds of jobless young people in Sandwell.

BCTG is the only company in Sandwell to work with the recently-launched Talent Match programme across the borough targeting out-of-work 19 to 24-year-olds.

Five new jobs have been created to manage the programme in Sandwell aimed at young people who are furthest from the jobs market to secure or take up enterprising job opportunities.

The Sandwell scheme and its new based are being officially launched on February 12 at The Hub, in High Street, West Bromwich.

Talent Match, a national programme, aims to boost opportunities for young people in these areas by bringing together partnerships of employers, education providers and others, led by local charities.

Chris Luty, BCTG director (pictured), said: “We are delighted to have been selected to run the Sandwell Talent Match scheme. Other providers are running it in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley. It is a five-year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focuses on youth unemployment and especially long-term youth unemployment.

“We will be working with young people who have been out of work, training or education for at least 12 months and who need that extra bit of support and help to break through.

“Every young person who joins the project chooses a mentor who supports them to become work-ready, improve their confidence and motivation, access training opportunities, work experience and more.”

The Black Country programme is managed overall by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and has secured support from the University of Wolverhampton, Sainsbury’s, Huf UK Ltd, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Jhoots Pharmacy, ZF Lemforder UK and The Midcounties Co-operative.

Mr Luty added: “We are looking for local Sandwell firms to offer work experience, volunteering or ideally a job to our young people on Talent Match.”


Chris Luty, pictured, director at BCTG 

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