Pop-up shop opens for unemployed teenagers to pop in

Unemployed teenagers will get jobs help and guidance when a new pop-up shop opens in Dudley.

Training experts BCTG are in a former estate agents shop in Stone Street from Friday October 26 to November 23.

The company says it wants to take advantage of the empty premises so it can target teenagers who are currently not in education, training or employment.

Chris Luty director BCTG

Chris Luty director BCTG

Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “This is a very cost-effective way for us to provide a short-term centre for seven of the training providers we work with in the borough, to attract teenagers and tell them about the options available to them.

“As well as helping find apprenticeships, training providers will be there to talk about our Kick Start Gold programme which takes young people back to basics. It is a rolling six-week and 12-week programme which can then lead to a place at college, an apprenticeship or employment and hopefully kick start their careers.”

The pop-up shop will be open on Wednesday through to Saturday and will be manned by staff from training providers NACRO, Rathbone, Nova, St Thomas Network, Groundwork, Landau, YMCA as well as BASE Studios and Targeted Training Projects

Mr Luty added: “We tend to find that a lot of young people need advice at this time of the year because they have either left school and have still not got a place at college or an apprenticeship or have dropped out having made the wrong choice. We would urge them to make the most of the pop-up shop and pop-in to see advisers who are there to help.”

The shop is being opened on Friday October 26 by Dudley North MP Ian Austin at 2pm.

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