Minister for Employment and local MP give thumbs up to Brierley Hill’s Dudley Youth Hub

Employment Minister visits Merry Hill's Dudley Youth Hub

The Minister for Employment joined local MP Mike Wood to praise staff at the Merry Hill-based Dudley Youth Hub who are opening “new doors and rewarding career opportunities” for 16–29-year-olds across the Dudley Borough.

Mims Davies MP joined Mr Wood on a visit to the Dudley Youth Hub which has helped more than 240 local young people to develop their skills and access new career opportunities since the Hub opened last July. Ms Davies said:

“It was fantastic to meet staff at Dudley Youth Hub and thank them in person for their continued hard work. 

We are giving young jobseekers across the West Midlands the support they need to find employment and access vital training, so they can address any barriers and build their confidence.

“We’re delivering for Jobseekers across the UK as part of the Plan for Jobs, and recently announced a new drive to get half a million people out of work into jobs by the end of June as part of the Way to Work campaign.”

The Hub is a collaborative effort set up by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with Dudley Council, Dudley College of Technology and West Midlands Combined Authority. Youth Hubs share spaces with partners including colleges, charities, training providers and local councils, meaning people can access a range of services in one location.

The Hub at Black Country Skills Shop, which is part of Dudley College of Technology, offers practical advice and support to young people aged 16-29 who are unemployed or at risk of losing their job, or leaving school, college or university.

Services available to young people include advice from work coaches, links with local employers, access to valuable six-month work placements through the Government’s Kickstart scheme, and other opportunities such as apprenticeships and full-time study. Mike Wood, the Member of Parliament for Dudley South, added:

“It’s hard to believe it’s already been 6 months since we were here opening this fantastic new Youth Hub at Merry Hill.

“Since then, staff have worked so hard to deliver the tailored support which makes such a difference in opening new doors and rewarding career opportunities for our younger people – and I really want to thank all of the coaches and the other staff for their hard work.”


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