Black Country Impact
What is the Black Country Impact Project?
Black Country Impact is a project individually tailored to help young adults break down the personal barriers that may be holding them back from finding work, improving their skills or gaining qualifications. Black Country Impact involves Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and City of Wolverhampton Councils and Black Country Talent Match, a project led by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and funded through the Big Lottery Fund.
PeoplePlus engages with 15-29-year-olds who live in the Black Country and are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Through advertisements, open days, recruitment drives and self-referrals, participants will meet our friendly team of Engagement Officers and discuss their career aspirations. This is a one-to-one process, completely tailored to understand the individual’s barriers, history and aspirations.
Once we understand the participant’s needs, we’ll design a training programme for them, followed by a work placement in their chosen industry. It’s as simple as that.
What do participants get out of the Black Country Impact Project?
We have excellent links with employers in the area who are looking to offer work experience and interviews for live vacancies. Through these links, we can provide participants with the first taste of what a career in their chosen field of work is like.
“I’ve been in the UK for 2 years, having come from Italy in 2015. In that time I have struggled to find help with my English and applying for jobs. I saw an advert for the Black Country Impact project with PeoplePlus and applied. I received help with my CV and put on a work placement with Bella Italia straight away. After finishing the work placement I got taken on and I’ve now been with Bella Italia over 3 months. I love the customers and the colleagues”. Helen Emerem
Want to find out more?
Whether you’re a school leaver, a university graduate or somebody who is currently in their 20s and without work, we can help. We’d also love to speak with educational establishments about providing a route for leavers. Finally, if you’re an employer and would like to find out how you can support local young adults gain entry into their chosen careers then please get in touch.