25 January 2021
A new “Laptop Loaning” scheme is helping those without the means of accessing PCs for use of job searching and career development.
Young people in Walsall will be getting extra support into the workplace thanks to a new government scheme to be run locally by Walsall Council.
Kickstart is a £2 billion government funded scheme that was launched in November 2020. The scheme runs until December 2021 and will fund the direct creation of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are on a Universal Credit benefit and are at risk of long term unemployment.
At the next cabinet meeting on 9 December, council members will be asked to support the implementation of a New Apprenticeship Training Provider Framework to commence in February 2021.
An evaluation of Black Country Impact, a Walsall employment support scheme, has demonstrated the benefits not only to individuals but genuine savings to the public purse.
Black Country Impact has provided positive intervention and support to 16 – 29 year olds who are not currently in employment, education or training (NEET).
Transformation of a site of a derelict steelworks site has begun, bringing new housing to the borough. The Lockside scheme based at the former Caparo Engineering works in Walsall is a joint venture between developers Anthem Lovell LLP and Lovell, and a subsidiary of local housing association, whg (walsall housing group).