North West Birmingham
The purpose of the project
The aim of the North West Birmingham Employment Connections project is to enable residents living in the SRB6 area
of Birmingham to secure local employment opportunities. We aim to capture job opportunities that are being created
by major developments including the IMI Witton site; this alone has the potential to provide over 2000 jobs. However,
we will also service employer needs at other key development sites in the North West of the city, for the benefit of
residents of SRB6. To enable SRB6 residents to have the best possible chance of securing one of the job opportunities,
we are working closely with local employers and training providers to develop and deliver bespoke/customised
training programmes that will lead to qualifications that will be attractive to local employers. The training will offer
accredited qualifications as well as coaching in interview techniques, and other associated skills such as C.V. writing.
Why does your community need this service?
The rates of unemployment in the key target wards for SRB6 are higher than the average unemployment rates for the city
Lozells and East Handsworth
62.1% of the working age population in these wards are from BME communities.
71% of the registered unemployed are from BME communities.
Of Jobseekers Allowance claimants, the worst affected BME groups are
BME Group Unemployment
Skills/Education and Training
In addition to the higher than average unemployment rates, the 2001 Census reveals that the skills levels of residents
in the SRB6 area are low compared to the City average (which is also low compared to England as a whole). The
national average is 29% against a Birmingham average of 37%, however in the SRB6 wards this percentage is
considerably higher still
Ward Percentage of people without Qualifications