Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact team have opened a new hub to help young adults find education, employment and training opportunities. The Impact Hub was officially opened by Deputy Leader of Walsall Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Councillor Lee Jeavons and Councillor Aftab Nawaz, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services.
The opening was attended by Black Country Impact Advisors and young adults who have signed up to the programme. The hub will help provide a brighter future for unemployed young adults aged 16-29 by tackling the barriers they are facing to help improve their chances of finding an opportunity.
The hub which is situated in the heart of Walsall at St Pauls Crossing Mall, Darwall Street, WS1 1DA is open daily, Monday – Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
Young adults who visit will be greeted by a Black Country Impact Advisor who will offer tailored advice, designed to help the young adult build a future in a way that suits their circumstances. Young adults will be provided with an Advisor who will support them throughout their journey.
Black Country Impact also offers free courses to young adults in a range of sectors including Construction, IT, Business Administration, Nail Art, Engineering, Childcare, SIA Security, Large Goods Vehicle Training and more. Clothing, equipment and travel are also provided free of charge.
Since the launch of Black Country Impact Walsall, the programme has helped over 170 young adults find a job, apprenticeship or training course and it is hoped this number will further increase due to the central location of the new hub.
Councillor Lee Jeavons Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said: “It was my pleasure to officially open the new Impact Hub and speak directly with the young adults who are enrolled on the programme. The hub will have a big impact in helping us to further engage with young adults by providing a friendly base in the heart of Walsall which can be identified as a hub for all things jobs, apprenticeships and training. Black Country Impact is a great initiative which is connecting local young adults with the opportunities and I urge individuals to visit the hub and take advantage of the help that is on offer.”
Councillor Aftab Nawaz, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “It’s a privilege to open such an important resource which will help to enhance skills and employability in Walsall for young adults by providing free information, advice and guidance to ensure they are equipped with the skills needed to enter the labour market. The new hub is in a central location, easy for young people to recognise and access.”
Black Country Impact participant, Katherine Bryant attended the Impact Hub opening and said: “Black Country Impact and the new hub are both amazing! I have a degree in drama however I struggled to forge a career in that sector after university. I am currently unemployed but my goal is to become an entrepreneur. My advisor has arranged for the Prince’s Trust to run a one week crash course on how to run my own business which will equip me with the skills I need to get up and running. The programme has helped me overcome anxiety barriers by funding counselling sessions for me and providing free travel. I now have a long term path and a clear plan for where I want to be.”
The Black Country Impact Programme is the largest Youth Employment Initiative in the country and is receiving up to £34 million funding made up of £17 million Youth Employment Initiative, plus match funding of up to £8m from the Big Lottery Fund and funding from partners.
To access the support on offer drop into the Impact Hub during opening hours, follow @Impact_Walsall on Twitter or call 01922 654364.