West Midlands Combined Authority Director to Speak at Black Country Social Impact Conference

18 Apr 2018

Published in: Member News

julie nugent press photo 300x2017pxNo One Left Behind is back! The free to attend, social impact conference tackling the challenges young people in the Black Country are facing in the employment market, will take place on Friday 27th of April 2018 at Copthorne Merry Hill from 9:30am.

Aimed at local businesses and employers of all sizes as well as government authorities, the conference focuses on reaching all those with an interest in the regional employment landscape with the view to inspire, entice and equip the right individuals and organisations with the right tools to tackle youth unemployment and drive the prosperity of our region.


Dr Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity & Skills for the West Midlands Combined Authority will be delivering the keynote and is "delighted to be involved! Tackling youth unemployment is a key priority for the West Midlands Combined Authority. We are keen to build on the fantastic work done by organisations like Talent Match - and to listen to young people so they can help shape our plans for employment and skills programmes across the region. We want more young people to benefit from the economic growth happening across the region -  it's really important that all communities can share in this success and that no-one is left behind."

Black Country Talent Match is a 5-year project supporting Young Adults aged 18-29 who have been out of work, training or education for at least 6 months and who require additional support to overcome specific barriers to employment. The work of Talent Match Black Country and its partners is even more important now, given that the recent data released by the Office for National Statistics positions the West Midlands as having the highest unemployment rate in the country (Regional labour market statistics in the UK: February 2018).

"No One Left Behind' is here to listen to the voice of Young People who are at the heart of this project and share their inspirational stories far and wide. Kim Babb, Project Manager for Black Country Talent Match emphasises that "the conference seeks to bust the myths surrounding youth employment and provide a platform for young people in the areas of greatest need to share experiences with those with the capacity to make a difference. Some young people in the Black Country are living through challenging times and it's important for us to galvanise all stakeholders to get involved, discuss what works and what doesn't, and proceed to tackle the problems."

She adds that the Talent Match Black Country project is approaching a significant 5-year benchmark. "While it is of utmost importance to share achievements and successes, this conference is also about looking forward and the transition towards a more focused approach in the years to come."

Other speakers include Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Relates Services Association (ERSA); Midland Metro Alliance Training & Development Manager, Rose Rees; Professor Peter Wells, director of the Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Big Lottery Fund's Talent Match programme and Helen Scurr, Managing Director of Ark Consultancy.

The conference is sponsored by the Black Country Training Group (BCTG) and Midland Metro Alliance.

If you are interested in continuing the impact already achieved by working with others to tackle the growing issue of youth unemployment in the Black Country then register your place today at www.tmbc18conference.eventreference.com.

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