Businesses across Birmingham and Solihull are being urged to join a unique programme that supports young people into employment, before applications close on September 10.
Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull is looking for employers to step forward and support some of the hardest to reach young people aged 18 to 24, currently not in education, employment or training. So far, the programme – which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund – has helped more than 771 long-term unemployed young people.
The programme works with each young person to provide bespoke wrap-around support based on their individual needs so they are ready for the workplace.
Businesses offering work experience, a work placement or paid work can be eligible to a wage subsidy, as well as in-work support for the business and the young person.
The Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull scheme is a five-year pre-employment programme, working with more than 821jobless young adults across Birmingham and Solihull to help them secure and sustain work.
Joseph Allen, programme coordinator at Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull, said: “We’ve been thrilled with the support of business leaders in Birmingham and Solihull. We’re now heading for the final push, so now is the time to get on board.
“We appreciate times are tough, but we know an investment in a young person, is an investment in your business and the future of Birmingham and Solihull. We need to appreciate the potential of our young people and how they can contribute to the growth, diversity and success of the region.
“Time is ticking and we want to get as many young people into employment as possible, so please do get in touch if you can support them.”