The ‘Transition to Work’ West Midlands Pilot aims to take a data driven, youth and employer-led innovative approach to reduce youth unemployment and support young people into work.

The project takes a “local first” approach to close the gaps in provision, by connecting, amplifying and building on the innovative projects that already exist in the West Midlands. This project is part of the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s Transition to Work project – bringing together business, civil society and government to help address major societal challenges.

The pilot has a number of partners including Accenture, Movement to Work, UnLtd, O2, Youth Employment UK, Prince’s Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Department of Workforce and Pension and West Midlands Combined Authority with support from the Cabinet Office and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The initial phase of the pilot is being designed to better reach young people who are currently not in education, employment or training by breaking down the silos that exist between organisations and taking an integrated approach defined by young people. Lived experience is at the core: young people co-lead the design, development, governance and delivery.