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City Deal Working Together mid-point project successes

City Deal ‘Working Together’ is a pilot project which aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing tenants, and move 900 of them into work over a three year delivery period.

The project is now at its mid-point and has so far engaged with 1,183 people and moved 111 of them into employment.

Job successes to date include:

  • Nicola: was 19 years unemployed and is now a supervisor at Jump Nation and has secured her unemployed son to work there too.
  • Rachel: set up her own Cupcake business to fit around caring commitments.
  • Tracey: was unable to work for 30 years but volunteering helped her move into work as a receptionist and her husband has since joined the programme.
  • Misha: was supported with her English language skills after relocating and now works at Dudley Council.
  • James: set up a locksmith business with the support of our self-employment provision and now works alongside one of our partners.

Customers have achieved various additional skills including digital inclusion, qualifications, skills, increased confidence and optimism. The project has recorded over 2000 soft outcomes including nearly 700 new skills and over 100 qualifications. This means all customers receive at least one positive outcome.

The key to the projects' engagement success has been carrying out fun events in the community including: teddy bear’s picnics, woodland walks, pamper days, health and wellbeing events, international food days and seasonal craft activities.

A Working Together delivery partner said: “The City Deal team provides strong direction, guidance and support. The positive ‘can do’ attitude and enthusiasm of the team has enabled the partners to embrace the ‘working together’ ethos”.

For further information, please contact Jacki Lakin, City Deal Director, on 01902 571201. 

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