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Walsall Works Update - Presentation
Ladder for the Black Country
LEP Priorities
Talent Match
Date of Next Meeting
Walsall Works Outcomes*
• 408 young people have started their Apprenticeship
through Walsall Works
• 333 young people have now started the PreApprenticeship programme
• 417 young people have been supported into other
*As of 04/07/14
Walsall Works Claims & Monitoring
• Make claims as close to the trigger dates as possible
• Ensure that claims are complete so that payments are
not delayed
• Let us know about early leavers ASAP and complete a
leavers form
• Monitoring calls and Sustainability checks are being
• Traineeships are for young people who are motivated to work but
lack the skills and experience sought by employers.
• Joint consultation by Department of Education and Department of
Business, Innovation and Skills.
• Funding Arrangements
• Payment models and outcomes
• Funding for English and maths
• Provider contracting
• Eligibility
• Deadline for responses 14th August 2014
Ladder for the Black Country
Ladder for the Black Country is a fresh approach to tackle youth
unemployment in key areas of the West Midlands.
Led by a multimedia campaign in the Express & Star, Britain’s biggest
selling regional newspaper, the aim is to encourage young people and
businesses to come together under the Ladder banner.
A training provider is in place to handle enquiries, supported by leading
business organisations and with the endorsement of the local
The Ladder will provide a foot up for young people and generate
sustainable new employment opportunities.
Ladder for the Black Country
The challenge
Youth unemployment rates remain higher in the Black
Country than in many regions across the UK.
Despite the uplift in property prices and other
indications of economic improvement, many young
people remain out of work and unable to develop their
skills for employment.
Many businesses are unaware of the opportunities
offered or have outdated ideas about apprenticeships.
A new initiative is needed to offer a fresh drive to tackle
the issue and shine a light on the existing programmes
in a region which was at the heart of the industrial
Ladder for the Black Country
Organisations involved:
Express & Star – Social Media Partner
The Vine Trust - Lead Organisation
Performance Through People Training Provider
Black Country Chamber of Commerce – Employer links
Ikea - Employer
Local Support:
• Dudley Council
• Sandwell Council
• Walsall Council
• Wolverhampton Council
• Talent Match
• Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
• Black Country Consortium
Ladder for the Black Country
The plan
1. The Ladder project will be launched with a high profile E&S promotion
2. The partners will use their networks to promote the Ladder and its
3. Businesses and young people will be encouraged to contact the Ladder
team for information about opportunities
4. Performance Through People will handle enquiries and acting as
introduction service to young people looking for opportunities, training
providers looking for students and businesses looking to take on young
5. Progress and success stories will be celebrated on regular occasions in
Express & Star, as well as at high profile events
Ladder for the Black Country
First steps for young people
All learner enquiries will get a response within 24 hours
• PTP will provide appropriate information and guidance, before
arranging face to face interviews where appropriate
• Young people will be offered appropriate opportunities
• Regular support and feedback will be provided
• The success stories will be put forward for promotion to encourage
more young people to take the first step towards employment
Ladder for the Black Country
Getting businesses on board
• Extensive promotion in the Express & Star, as well as advocacy by the
Ladder partners and supporters, will encourage local companies to
enquire about the opportunities
• After contact with PTP, a meeting will be held to identify best ways
• Vacancies will be advertised to pool of young talent registered with
Ladder scheme
• Companies will be signed up to apprenticeship programmes or directed
to existing services
• Regular support will be provided, with success stories celebrated in
E&S and throughout Ladder network
Ladder for the Black Country
Timeline – first year
• Sept 2014 – High profile launch including extensive coverage in Express &
Star, which reaches close to 350,000 people a day in print and online.
• Autumn 2014 – E&S provides regular coverage on issue and Ladder progress,
while partners recruit pool of local young talent
• Early 2015 – First apprentices and businesses to be matched through scheme
are featured in E&S and throughout network
• Spring 2015 – High profile event at E&S to celebrate early successes
• April 2015 – Supplement in E&S to commemorate achievements
• Summer 2015 – Preparations for final phase of project announced
Ladder for the Black Country
Find out more
Go to website:
Follow us on Twitter: @ladder4bc
Facebook: LadderfortheBlackCountry
Black Country Strategic Economic Plan
LEP Priorities
LEP Vision
By 2033 the Black Country:
• Will have increased the number of local jobs to 545,000
(+113,000 jobs)
• Strengthened our business base of 32,000 with an additional
1,500 new businesses each year
• The Black Country will be home to 1.2 million residents with
increased levels of graduates 231,000 people (+80,000)
• Accommodate an additional 47,000 new homes (from
baseline 445,000)
Strategic Priority Investments –
Raise Employability, Education and Skill
• New Centre for Advanced Science, Engineering and
Technology Skills Coombswood Business Park
• New Centre for Advanced Building Technologies &
Construction Skills Dudley College
• New Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education
Centre and Construction Centre
• Specialist Equipment for High Value Manufacturing Sector
Strategic Priority Investments –
Improve Black Country Business Competitiveness
• Access to Finance via Regional Growth Fund
• New Science, Technology and Prototype Centre
• People’s Power Station
Strategic Priority Investments –
Transform the Black Country Infrastructure and Environment
• Goscote Lane Corridor regeneration
• Bilston Urban Village
• Bentley Lane, Walsall
• Woods Lane, Cradley Heath
• Cultural Capital
Priority Investments – Transport
M6 Junction 10
Wolverhampton Interchange
Managing Short Trips
Access to Growth
Priority Investments – Summary
Total LGF
5847 jobs,
200 houses,
1883 business assists,
1479 learners assists
11,707 jobs,
1,640 houses,
4,040 business assists,
7,529 learner assists
Black Country Talent Match
Black Country Talent Match
• BIG lottery funded
• £100m nationally, 21 locations
• Youth unemployment
• Increased competition for jobs
• £10.3m Black Country, 5 year project
• Young people at the heart of the project – decision making
• Supporting 1417 young people furthest from the labour
• Improve skills, confidence, motivation, provide work
experience, volunteering and job opportunities
• Intensive mentoring support
Black Country Talent Match
18-24 year olds furthest from the labour market
12 months NEET
Additional barriers to employment
Thematic groups
o Young carers/parents
o Care leavers
o Travelling families
o Substance misuse
o Homeless
o Ex offenders
o Disability/learning difficulty
Black Country Talent Match
1417 young people – 15% hidden
21.5% into Employment (inc self employment)
30% into Volunteering
30% into Work Experience
80% into Training
100% increased confidence and motivation
100% young people taking responsibility for co-designing
tailored support
Any Other Business
Date of Future Session
Monday 6th October 2014,
10.00am – 11.00am
Walsall Council House,
Lichfield Street,
Walsall, WS1 1TP
[email protected]
Contact Details
01922 654353
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