Black Country Colleges working together to offer unique range of taster experiences for young people

Black Country Colleges are working together to offer a unique range of taster experiences for young people thanks to a £34 million funding initiative.  Starting Monday July 3rd.  Dudley College, Halesowen College, Sandwell College, Walsall College and City of Wolverhampton College are all running a week-long packed programme of events for Black Country residents aged 16 to 18 and not currently employed.

The colleges are offering a series of opportunities to ‘have a go’ at a whole variety of career paths, from animal science to hairdressing, music and sport, through the Black Country Impact programme.

The BCI programme tackles the barriers faced by young people and supports them to secure positive futures with employment, apprenticeships, training and further education.

The programme aims to give access to trusted advice and support, working alongside partners including housing, health, transport and employers to ensure participants have the best possible opportunity to overcome the range of barriers they face, and to ensure they achieve a positive outcome and stay focused on their future path.

The tasters to choose from include: animal science, art and design, business, care and early years, construction, electrical, engineering, enterprise, hair and beauty, hospitality, information technology, media and photography, motor vehicle, music, performing arts, public services, retail, science, sport, textiles and fashion, travel and tourism.

The BCI project is receiving up to £34 million of funding made up of £17 million European Social Fund and £17 million Youth Employment Initiative, plus match funding of up to £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund and funding from partners.

Anyone attending will be eligible to receive a goody bag worth up to £50, plus travel costs and free refreshments.

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