Inspiring Young Birmingham launch packs a punch

“Impressive on every level”, the prestigious launch of our initiative ‘Inspiring Young Birmingham’ was held at Birmingham City University on 3rd October.  

With the Commonwealth Games arriving in Birmingham in 2022, EmployabilityUK has seized the unique and powerful opportunity to showcase the very best the region has to offer.  The 2022 Games will need over 1500 young ambassadors, who can represent inclusivity, regeneration, rejuvenation and connectivity. 

EmployabilityUK’s ‘Inspiring Young Birmingham’ programme will build confidence in young people and develop them into outstanding ambassadors for the city of Birmingham.

The line-up of speakers at the launch was a who’s who of Birmingham based business, educational excellence and civic pride. 

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Mohammed Azim spoke with passion to garner the collective commitment of the commercial and public sector to work together and inspire our future generation. 

Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022 and Paul Faulkner, CEO of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce discussed the links to Corporate Social Responsibility and innovate practice.  Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University who generously hosted the event commented: “It was a great event and we all need to work together to help our great young talent seize the opportunities”.  

Ninder Singh Johal, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands outlined the skills agenda and the need for greater productivity. 

Keith Fraser, Chair of Trustees for the charity who was a former Superintendent with West Midlands Police and is a serving Youth Justice Board Member at the Ministry of Justice gave an important call to action in seeking more partnerships with Birmingham businesses to support this exciting journey.    

Commenting on a terrific event, Ravi Bains, CEO Grosvenor HSC said “If there’s one charity to get involved with it’s this one. “

Summing up the day, our CEO Di Vernon said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by so many of the business community, keen to learn how their involvement can make a difference. I am supremely grateful to our illustrious speakers and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for their valuable time and generously adding their weight of support”. 

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