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Multiple Youth Hubs set up for Walsall’s young people to build careers


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Young people from Walsall are to benefit from a new package of support to give them access to training and career opportunities.

A new youth hub at Skills Training UK on Hatherton Street offers practical advice and support to young people aged 16-29 who are unemployed or at risk of losing their job or leaving school, college or university.

It is one of six Youth Hubs being set up in the region as part of the Youth Offer that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has developed with Jobcentre Plus, local authorities, the voluntary sector and local employers.

It has been set up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), working in partnership with the WMCA, Skills Training UK, Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact and Walsall College.

Jennie Davies, Black Country DWP deputy service leader, said: “Local, tailored support is a massive focus for us at DWP – putting job centres at the heart of communities, boosting young people’s confidence and helping them to overcome challenges.

“Giving young people skills training is vital in helping them to compete for the jobs that will be on offer, and this is why Walsall Youth Hub is so important. The hub will be both a drop-in and a digital service for all our young people who need to access support.”

Youth Hubs are part of the following Youth Offer that the WMCA has developed with Jobcentre Plus, local authorities, the voluntary sector and local employers:

  • Free careers advice
  • Access to vocational training – with a focus on training that leads to jobs
  • Hundreds more dedicated Jobcentre Plus work coaches
  • Access to funded work placements through the Government’s Kickstart scheme
  • Access to apprenticeships
  • More support to become self-employed

This is a crucial part of the WMCA’s plan to drive the region’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by equipping young people with the skills they need to land jobs in growth sectors.

During the official opening, the Mayor met with several young people who have been supported by the service, including 19-year-old Muminah Rani.

She said: “I was referred to Skills training UK from the job centre and did a business admin and a customer service course. This not only helped me grow in confidence, but I was able to enhance my skills further.

Following some work experience during which she discovered a passion for teaching, Muminah was given the opportunity to work at Skills Training UK as a teaching assistant while gaining qualifications.

 “It is my biggest success and my proudest achievement,” she added.

 To find out what support is available through Walsall Youth Hub to help young people access work and training opportunities, visit https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/youth-friendly-places-in-the-uk/west-midlands/.

 To find out how the WMCA is helping young people gain access to work and training opportunities, visit https://beta.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/productivity-and-skills.

Written by: David Watkins

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