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Employment Support Scheme Reaps Benefits

  • 29 October 2020
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A report to Walsall Council Cabinet illustrates the value of the work which has seen potential savings in the borough in excess of £2M over the duration.

The calculation is based on a model developed by The Housing Association Charitable Trust which is used across the country, and shows a saving of between £3K and £57K per participant.

Since September 2016, Black Country Impact Walsall has supported more than 4000 participants across the region.

Participants have faced a range of barriers from homelessness, offending, substance misuse, leaving care, disabilities, mental health issues or lone parents to name a few. Often these young people have low levels of self-esteem, little or no basic skills and confidence.

Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:

“This scheme tackles some of the most challenging issues we face as a council. I’ve been inspired by the stories of these young people who have each overcome hurdles that most of us have never had to confront. To see them face those challenges and with support, begin to succeed in society is humbling. The report clearly demonstrates the genuine value of Black Country Impact and my hope is that we can continue the work.”

Based on the positive results, an application to extend the current programme has been submitted in the hope that future intensive support can be offered across the Black Country to support NEET residents until July 2023.

Overall, Black Country Impact is receiving up to £34 million of funding made up of £17 million from the European Social Fund and £17 million from the Youth Employment Initiative, plus match funding of up to £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund and funding from partners. Walsall Council successfully bid for £7.5 million pounds of the funding package to support its valuable work in the borough.

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