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Increased funding to support job opportunities for young people in the West Midlands


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Hundreds of young people from the West Midlands will gain access to new volunteering and employment opportunities as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – thanks to over £700,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The new funding will help the young people to learn new skills and secure jobs. The project will seek to engage with a minimum of 800 disadvantaged young people to support them to access volunteering and employment opportunities generated by the Games.

This will all be overseen by 20 community-based organisations working close to Games venues in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. The outreach activity will support local young people aged 18 to 30 who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment and will mainly target those who live in priority wards.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has developed the programme as part of the Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy, driving skills and employment opportunities for local people through the Games.

Nicola Thurbon, senior head of regional grantmaking in the Midlands at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy during what is a really exciting time for the region. 

“Thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million a week for good causes, local young people will develop new skills, empowering them to secure work and volunteering opportunities from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond.”

The confirmed community organisations providing the outreach work are:

  • The Albion Foundation (Sandwell)
  • Colebridge Trust (North Solihull)
  • Compass Support (Castle Vale)
  • Ideal for All (Sandwell and Dudley)
  • Living Well Consortium (Birmingham and Solihull)
  • Positive Youth Foundation (Coventry)
  • Street League (Birmingham)
  • Suited for Success (Birmingham)
  • Witton Lodge Community Association (Perry Common)

 The Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy is an umbrella brand for all employment and skills programmes linked to the Games and was set up by the WMCA, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham 2022, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Education, Jobcentre Plus and the Department for Work and Pensions. Other partners include local authorities across the region, Local Enterprise Partnerships and further education colleges.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “I’d like to thank The National Lottery Community Fund for enabling us to provide targeted support for young people and communities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

“Making sure that the jobs created by the Games go to local people is a key part of my jobs plan to help more than 100,000 residents into employment over the next two years and is also critical to ensuring the Commonwealth Games is a Games for everyone.”

For more information, visit https://beta.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/commonwealth-games-jobs-and-skills-academy. The programme will start this summer and run to the end of next year.

Learn more about applying for funding with The National Lottery Community Fund here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/thinking-of-applying-for-funding 






Written by: David Watkins

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