A scheme to help support hundreds of jobless young people was officially launched by Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Derek Rowley.
BCTG secured a slice of more than £10million Big Lottery Fund to deliver the Talent Match programme across Sandwell targeting out-of-work 18 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 base were officially launched on February 12 at The Hub, in High Street, West Bromwich.
Blind Dave Heeley, MP Adrian Bailey, Sandwell’s Mayor, Councillor Derek Rowley were among guests attending the official launch.
The event was being organised by young people already signed up to Talent Match, which is a national programme that aims to boost opportunities for young people by getting employers, education providers and local charities to work together.
Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “Talent Match is a five-year programme funded by the Big Lottery which focuses on youth unemployment. We have been selected to run the Sandwell Talent Match scheme. Other providers are running it in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley.
“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.
Pictured l-r Tom Shahidi, 24, from Great Barr, Sandwell Mayor Councillor Derek Rowley, Sophie King, 20 from Wednesbury (back) Kim Babb, Talant Match, MP Adrian Bailey, Kelly Cranston, Talent Match and Chris Luty BCTG
• BCTG works with a range of training organisations across the West Midlands delivering a range of publicly and privately funded training initiatives. It is based In Taylors Lane, Oldbury.
• BCTG works closely with a range of public and private organisations, including the Skills Funding Agency which support many of our activities.
• BCTG has four main aims:
1. Engaging with young people and adults to take up vocational learning
2. Working with employers to help develop the skills their business needs to succeed
3. To improve the quality of education and training delivered in the West Midlands
4. Building partnerships across all the stakeholders interested in improving education and training.
• BCTG offers a wide range of information, advice and training services to suit the needs of young people, schools and training providers and employers.
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