More than 500 young people in the City of Wolverhampton have benefitted from the 'Passport to Employment' (P2E) project.

The Black Country initiative earlier this month won the 'West Midlands Region Award' at the Careers and Enterprise Company's national Join the Dots conference, in recognition of its partnership working to support young people.

The P2E project provides a series of creative and informative events designed to build skills and impart knowledge of the 5 transformational sectors - advanced manufacturing including food and drink; transport technologies including aerospace; construction including building technologies; environmental technologies, and business services - as potential career options.

It involves collaboration between experts from local education business partnerships (EBPs), businesses in the community and the national career service.

Interactive sessions have been developed for year 9 students in 16 schools across the Black Country.

Carol Codner, City of Wolverhampton Council Education Business Advisor, who collected the award at the Sheffield conference, said: "I am thrilled that the P2E project has been recognised at a national event.

"So far, more than 1,700 pupils across the Black Country - 500 in City of Wolverhampton - have benefited from the programme, 30 teachers have undertaken visits and over 80 employees have been involved as volunteers, hosts or contributors to the sessions."

Tony O'Callaghan, City of Wolverhampton Council Skills and Employability Manager (Young Persons) added: "This award not only recognises the work to develop the partnership for the City of Wolverhampton, but also the hard work that Carol and the EBP team has put into delivering this project alongside the Careers & Enterprise Company's Enterprise Adviser Programme."

  • released: Thursday 25 May, 2017