Birmingham business wins social award to target youth unemployment

November 8, 2018


A Birmingham learning and development company has received funding to expand its social enterprise activities, enabling the business to increase its free training aimed at reducing youth unemployment in the West Midlands.


Enploy, which is based at Innovation Birmingham, has won an UnLtd Grow it 2018 award, receiving £15,000, which will see the company offer its award-winning, entrepreneurial development programmes for free, to unemployed and underemployed young people in the region.


The company, which works with businesses such as Barclays and Birmingham City University, offers a range of tools and diagnostics to embed entrepreneurial thinking, focusing on six crucial areas of a 21st century mindset: opportunity recognition, creative thinking, tolerance to risk, emotional intelligence, leadership, and self-belief. This new funding will allow Enploy to extend the training, which launched in 2017, to work towards its aspiratiin of reaching 20,000 young people by 2020.


The Grow it awards are run by UnLtd, which finds, funds and supports enterprising organisations with bold solutions to social challenges and solutions that change society for the better.


Adam Hall, awards manager for UnLtd, said: “The Grow It award is designed to support those entrepreneurs who are already thriving, to increase their impact. Youth unemployment remains a problem in the UK, with many barriers to employment facing young people today. We believe social entrepreneurs have bold solutions, and particularly those at Enploy could help break down some of those barriers for young people.


“Enploy’s solution helps to solve this issue by reaching out to those people who may be further away from the labour market and, through a blended approach of both digital and in-person workshops, helps to create more of an entrepreneurial mindset, which helps young people transition into either paid or into self-employment.”


Jon Allen, managing director of Enploy, commented: “The funding that the UnLtd Grow it award provides will enable us to use our range of tools and diagnostic services, designed to develop positive attitudes and behaviours, and deliver a programme which helps young people find meaningful employment.


“We believe that understanding how to manage risk, increasing emotional intelligence, and solving problems creatively are not only workplace skills, but helpful life skills. The Grow it award will help us provide these skills to young people across the region.”


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