What Next - Black Country Impact

Thousands of young people are being helped into work or training thanks to Black Country Impact with support that is tailored to the individual.

Black Country Impact has now helped more than 6,000 young people into work or training, figures have revealed.

The service offers help for 16 to 29-year-olds in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton who are currently not in employment, education or training.

It officially started just under two years ago and has forged relationships with more than 100 businesses or training providers.

The difference Black Country Impact is making to people’s lives across the region can be best explained by one of the young adults who has received this support, who said: “When I was unemployed I felt like I lacked purpose and prospects.

Support that is tailored to the individual

Through Black Country Impact young adults across the region can build a future in a way that is tailored to them, through traineeships, apprenticeships, coaching, work placements, self-employment advice, including social enterprises, customized training and more.

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.

There are a number of ways to contact the Black Country Impact including Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackCountryImpact, Twitter by visiting @BC_Impact and other alternatives such as email and telephone.

To pick the way that suits you best and to find out more visit www.dudley.gov.uk/bcimpact