05 September 2019
A new initiative to boost young people’s confidence, aspirations and work-readiness is being launched in Birmingham.
The Inspiring Young Birmingham initiative is being launched by education charity EmployabilityUK, on 3 October at Birmingham City University.
Through the initiative, EmployabilityUK is aiming to help 1,500 young people grow, gain confidence and become ‘Games Ready’ in time for the arrival of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
EmployabilityUK says that their training will help prepare young people not only for their future as adults but also to be first class ambassadors for Birmingham.
The charity estimate that in the summer of 2022, Birmingham will need around one million volunteering hours over 11 days, and believe that at least 10 per cent of the 15,000 volunteers needed should be young people between the ages of 18 and 24, specially trained by EmployabilityUK.
Young people involved in the Inspiring Young Birmingham initiative will have access to a business coach, interactive workshops, motivational talks, employability skills and knowledge.
The programme aims to increase throughput of young people in to university, apprenticeships, employment or entrepreneurship, reduce the risk of young people becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and improve the perspective of young people about the value of living and working in Birmingham.
The initiative already has several partners including The National Lottery Community Fund, National Express and Birmingham City University.
EmployabilityUK is also seeking partners in a number of industries and sectors to contribute to the programme through charitable donations, sponsorship, employee volunteering and in-kind support.
Di Vernon (pictured), chief executive of EmployabilityUK, said: “We are excited to be bringing our special brand of employability skills training to Birmingham, after 5 years working in other major towns and cities across the region.
“Young people in the city have so much to offer and can benefit from the support of adults from all walks of life. We urge everyone that wants to make a difference to get in touch.”
The launch event is free to attend and will include guest speakers – Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Ian Reid, chief executive for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Ninder Johal, board member for West Midlands Growth Company.