Black Country youngsters visit parliament to talk about skills project


A group of young people from the Black Country and their mentors from Black Country Talent Match will be meeting MPs in Parliament next Wednesday to discuss their work to tackle unemployment.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is working with Talent Match to organise the event to showcase their work to help young people in to employment.

Youngsters will be meeting Black Country MP’s, employers and potential strategic partners on Wednesday 6th September in Parliament.

Black Country Talent Match supports those aged 18-29 who have been out of work, training or education for over six months and who require additional support to overcome barriers to employment.

The project has five hubs across the Black Country and mentors across the region working with young people to improve their confidence, motivation and optimism to enable them to access quality local employment and training opportunities.


Ian Austin said:

“I’ve always said we need to make education and skills our number one priority – not just to give youngsters a first class start but to attract new investment, new industries and new jobs and to help adults get new jobs too.

“Long-term youth unemployment in the Black Country is twice the national average so I’m  really pleased young people and their mentors from Black Country Talent Match will be able to talk to MPs about their work to give young people the support they need to get into work.”


Kim Babb, Director of Black Country Talent Match said:

“This is a great opportunity for some of our young people to visit Parliament, to personally explain how Talent Match has supported them along their journey but to also discuss how moving forward we collectively ensure young people who face the biggest challenges and longest journeys are supported to reach them same heights as those who start nearer the workplace. ”


Helen Scurr, Company Director at ARK Consultancy, who work with Talent Match said:

“ARK continue to enjoy working with Talent Match colleagues, measuring the social impact and return of investment achieved which is currently more than £7 million pounds from the support and interventions provided. It is wonderful to be part of this exciting project seeing young people gain new skills and securing employment. “