Employment Programme

Unemployment has been a major issue in the West Midlands since the 90’s. Unemployment increased rapidly in Birmingham during the recession of 2008, resulting in high unemployment. In 2018 143,000 people were recorded unemployed in the West Midlands.

Capacity is a key factor in achieving job security and job progression. The skills profile of Birmingham’s residents has been an ongoing issue. Birmingham residents are less likely to have high-level qualifications and more likely to have low or no qualifications than residents of other major cities. It is estimated that about two in three of Birmingham’s residents have qualifications at Level 2 and above, compared with three in four of residents in other major cities. One in eight of the city’s residents have no formal qualifications, compared with one in twelve nationally[1].

[1] https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/business/research/city-redi/birmingham-economic-review-2018/ber-2018-ch-2-people.pdf

Inner City Life is working to ensure inclusive access to employment and training, creating a world-class technical education system, increasing STEM skills, and equipping people for high quality jobs in Birmingham and the United Kingdom.[2]

Inner City Life’s unemployment Interventions include: 

[2] https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/business/research/city-redi/birmingham-economic-review-2018/ber-2018-ch-2-people.pdf