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Black Country City Deal

About the Black Country City Deal 

The Black Country City Deal will build on the long history and high performance of Black Country manufacturing and support the growth of high value manufacturing (HVM), particularly in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

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As part of the wider City Deal offer – the ‘Working Together’ pilot project, being led by Accord Group, aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing tenants and move 900 of them into work over a 3 year delivery period.  The pilot will operate within specific geographical areas:-

  • Walsall - Darlaston South
  • Wolverhampton - Bilston East
  • Dudley - Kates Hill
  • Sandwell - Princes End.

It will deliver a holistic "Journey to Work” programme which will pull together the key partner organisations and deliver tangible results for employers, employees, housing providers as well as delivering on the wider growth, Welfare to Work and government’s deficit reduction agendas.

The delivery of this project will:-

  • Be based on individualised need and provide support designed to address specific barriers.
  • Commission relevant services through a robust grant application process to ensure that additional services are complimentary, add value and do not duplicate what is already on offer.   
  • Bring together local packages of support.
  • Strengthen outreach work and engagement with the hardest to reach using a Community Champion model.
  • Signpost to other provision to maximise impact / ‘additionality’ by providing a seemless service to customers.


Data supplied to delivery partners who applied to the Working Together project


Data for Walsall Darlaston South