Businesses, colleges and councils will share £2.5million to support young people across the region and drive clean growth on the road to net zero.
Projects ranging from new youth centers supporting unemployed young people to a new purpose-built facility to deliver STEM education and training will receive grants from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growing Places Fund.
Creating opportunity in the clean growth sector is at the heart of Tyseley Energy Park’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator.
The grants will provide residents and businesses in the GBSLEP area with new buildings, training and skills opportunities, and equipment that supports the government’s vision to upgrade the West Midlands.
The full list of projects is listed below:
Dolphin Center Youth Hub (Birmingham City Council)
The Greater Birmingham Ladder Enterprise Hub (BCTG Ltd)
Solihull Youth Hub Digital Skills and Capability Development (Solihull Council)
Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator (Tyseley Energy Park Ltd)
People of Tomorrow (Cadburys College/Sandwell College)
Centre for Sustainable Engineering and Construction (University College Birmingham)
Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology ‘For the Win’
Employability in scaffolding and roof construction (Construction College Midlands – part of Walsall College)
Crafting the Future – Redditch Building Center (heart of Worcestershire College)
Tyseley Incubator for Clean Energy Phase 2 (Tyseley Energy Park Ltd)
GBSLEP Youth Board Director Sophie Drake said: “The pandemic has reduced prospects and opportunities for many groups in our society, with research highlighting the negative economic and social impact on our young people. . That’s why, through our triple helix structure of public, private and academic partners, we released our Youth Strategy last year and developed this grant program to help our young generation build a strong future. From the projects that can now move forward, it is clear that the Growing Places Fund will have a real impact on the ground with new facilities, employment hubs and training programs for young people in the West Midlands.
“In addition to this, we are funding select projects that will propel our green recovery which is central to our ongoing mission to drive sustainable inclusive growth for our local economy. This builds on the existing £1.2 Clean Growth Scheme, where grants are still available for our SMEs. »