MORE THAN 7,500 unemployed people have been trained for opportunities created by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), in partnership with Birmingham 2022, launched the Jobs and Skills Academy (JSA), two years ago with the aim of training 6,000 locals in preparation for the games.
But latest figures show that the target has been beaten by nearly 1,000 with 7,570 people receiving training to date.
The WMCA has invested £5million to train unemployed residents, helping them gain qualifications in key Games sectors such as security and stewarding, helping to grow the region’s workforce talent pool.
Tadala, aged 20, was in one of the very first cohorts to be recruited as part of the Commonwealth Games and now works as an events assistant manager.
She was supported in her application through the Birmingham Children’s Trust, who are a key JSA partner, supporting young people across the Midlands.
Tadala said: “When I first spoke to the team at the Birmingham Children’s Trust about working as part of the Commonwealth Games, they were brilliant.
“They helped me to understand what the experience would be like and how I should prepare for a role as exciting as this.
“They helped me update my CV and work on drafting a personal statement and gave me some brilliant interview tips.
“I secured the job and was really lucky to be one of the first few people hired for the Games with all the hard work now paying off as I have just been promoted to events assistant manager.
“We are all really looking forward to the summer and the excitement the Games will bring, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all. The skills I am learning every day will prepare me for a job after the Games and for the rest of my career.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: The “Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this Summer, beyond being 11 exciting days of sporting spectacle, has the potential to deliver a lasting legacy for the people of the West Midlands for generations to come.
“A vital part of that legacy is what impact the Games has in terms of jobs and skills. That’s why I’m so pleased we have far exceeded our 6,000 target.
“The skills acquired through our Jobs and Skills Academy not only opens up opportunities to people during the Games, but also equips them with lifelong skills that will serve them well in the job market throughout their working lives.”