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Sports Structures Ltd – Employability Programme

Employability programme is a 6 week programme that won’t affect participant benefits

Who are we?
In September 2016, Sport Structures Ltd began the delivery of our Employability through Sport programme which has been based on our national award winning Coaching Communities Programme. We deliver this programme in all four areas of the Black Country; Dudley Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. This programme gives the participants the opportunity to become more employable, by gaining valuable, transferable skills to take towards numerous career paths.

What do we offer?
FREE training to gain accredited qualifications in:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • FREE recognised coaching qualification in Level 1 Principles of Coaching
  • 1:1 workshops to improve; Cover Letter, CV and Interview Techniques
  • Individual support and guidance throughout the programme
  • Develop transferable skills that can be used in ANY industry
  • Progression routes offered by experienced professionals

Our Objectives
To support participants to access further training, enhance their skills and become more employable.
Help the participants take a step closer to enhancing their employment prospects in ANY industry.

How can you get more information to refer?
For any further information on the programme please feel free to contact either Leah or Dan on:
07391 010299
07391 010300

Our Next Programme
We have booked in the Walsall programme at:
YMCA Black Country Group
38 Carters Green
West Bromwich
B70 9LG

The programme starts on Monday 11th September 2017.

Participants must be signed up to the programme prior to this date to begin the programme. Please contact Leah or Dan on the eligibility evidence required to complete the sign up.

“The sessions were informative and relevant, I received help with information regarding coaching and support in the understanding of the programme.”
(Chris Dixon, Sandwell Participant, 2017)

HR Legal Update: Employment Law, The Taylor Review, Equal Pension Rights

Welcome to the July edition of the HR Newsletter. In this issue we will be looking at employment law and the discussion around The Taylor Review in respect of employment status. Also covered is equal pension rights for same sex spouses and civil partners, plus much more.

Workshop – Operational Models, Costs and Value Proposition for Funding

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think about how modelling service provision can impact on costs and, therefore, influence value as seen by funders.  The workshop is on Thursday, 21 September, 9.45 am – 12 noon.

Using two case study examples of the same projects, participants will learn how value proposition can be enhanced.

The workshop is to develop the capacity of Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector by approaching project development and funding applications in a thoughtful way, without sacrificing the quality of service delivered to clients in an environment where value proposition is becoming more important.

The workshop also offers a one-to-one follow-up service to those wishing to collaborate with others to develop their own models for improving value propositions.

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

To book your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

Listening to and celebrating with SAFL Learners

At the end of the academic year, Learners with Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) took the opportunity to share their views at a series of focus groups in each of SAFL’s three main centres.

Students described how they valued learning in a good supportive friendly atmosphere and were enthusiastic to return. They liked the locations and timings of the courses, spoke about how they had gained confidence and motivation from the great teachers and from meeting new people.

Participants completed an activity around British values and the Prevent Strategy. They discussed how the experience had helped them move forward towards a career and a better understand the wider developments in the West Midlands economy, like HS2, Engine for Growth. At the end of the session there was a presentation of certificates for qualifications gained.

Students fully endorse SAFL’s proposed developments to support their knowledge and made various useful suggestions. As a result, SAFL will be publishing more information about the number and range of course subjects it delivers and other student services offered. For example, the Learner Zones will be available to all students across the three centres. Starting in the new term, this facility will allow access to IT facilities, online and tutor lead resources.

SAFL’s new prospectus will be out next week. Please call 0121 556 7246 or visit the website to request a copy for you or your organisation.


Looking for something exciting to do over the Summer holidays?

Connexions Sandwell and Black Country Impact are offering one and two-day fun activities for 16 -18 year olds. You can choose from:

* Team Building/Motivation (with activities like paintballing, ten pin bowling, mini golf etc.)
* Introduction to Construction Trades * Preparing for the World of Work
* Independent Living and Budgeting * Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
* Positive Use of Social Media * First Aid
* Design Animation * Games Design

To book and for more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.




The Black Country Impact Programme

The Black Country Impact programme is a fantastic opportunity for young adults, aged 16 to 29, to get a tailor-made package of support to help them move closer to education, work or training.

Do you know of a young adult who?

• is unemployed or economically inactive or NEET (not in education, employment or training)
• lives anywhere in the Black Country
• wants to improve their prospects.

This programme is ideally suited for them.

The European-funded programme ends July 2018. Time is running out. Please help Sandwell Council to get this money spent on Sandwell’s young adults.

To make a referral contact the Think Sandwell Employment team on 0121 569 2099 or email


Bright Futures

Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships?

From 3 July through to 25 September 2017, Connexions Sandwell will continue to offer a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bright Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.


Get A Job Programme – The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone

The ‘Get A Job’ Programme is an interactive employability, enterprise & interpersonal skills course for 16-24 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training. It aims to help young people develop the self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course.

The course will be delivered at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone (Wolverhampton city centre) four times a year, with the first group inducting on 21st July and starting fully on 25th July. There are 81 guided learning hours scheduled over 6 weeks, 3 days a week, 10-2 each day, followed by a two week work placement and ongoing weekly drop-in employability support.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way (not ESF). Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live. Each cohort will have approximately 12 young people.

Key course content:

• Teamwork & communication skills
• Adventure challenge away days including high ropes and team challenges
• An accredited Level 1 or 2 in Employability, Enterprise & Interpersonal Skills
• Advice from business people on succeeding at work
• Business & Enterprise Project – designing, creating & selling a product
• CV writing, job applications and practice interviews
• Behind the scenes tours & workshops at local businesses
• Support with identifying and securing next steps

For more information or to refer a young person please email mailto:leonie.hudson@thewayyouthzone.orgor call 01902 328290


Free 1-2-1 Employability Workshops

North Smethwick Development Trust are delivering a free one day employability workshops for adults where they can access 1-2-1 support on the day.

The workshops will be three workshops being held covering:

Workshop 1: 9.30am till 3.30pm in CV writing, covering letters and interview skills.
Workshop 2: 9.30am till 12 noon in Money Management
Workshop 3: 1pm till 3pm in Money Management

The one day workshops are being held on:

Tuesday 27th July 2017 at  Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

It is essential that you book your place in advance by calling us on 0121 5555672 or via email at

For parents on a low income we may be able to offer free childcare at our Ofsted registered Breakaway Holiday Club to enable you to attend the training workshops.

Invitation to The Sandwell Community Learning Offer 2017-18 Event

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of Community Learning. SAFL work in collaboration and partnership with other learning and training providers delivering learning opportunities and supporting adult learners annually in Sandwell.

In delivering a balanced offer for 2017-2018, they are seeking to sub-contract some of their provision to partners who can help them widen participation by delivering teaching and learning to those who engage for personal development and well-being or to develop stronger communities and families.

New and/or current local learning providers including Voluntary and Community sector groups, other private and third sector and non-profit organisations who are interested in becoming an Approved Sub-Contractor for 2017-2018 are invited to attend the Community Learning Offer briefing session to obtain further information. Being held on:

Thursday 22nd June 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Hateley Heath Further Education & Training Centre, Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich, B71 2RP

To confirm your attendance or for more information about this opportunity please contact Linda Matthews on 0121 556 7426 or via email at

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