Passport to Employment


The Careers & Enterprise Company invested £240,000 through their Investment Fund to support young people across the Black Country to develop their careers in key transformational sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, Building Technologies, Transport Technologies, Environmental Technologies and Business Services.

Led by the Black Country LEP, the Passport to Employment programme connected year 9 pupils and teachers with employers from these key sectors through a variety of activities and events held at both the school and the employers.

The Passport to Employment programme, which ran until September 2017, enabled schools and teachers to work confidently with employers to understand the careers and pathways in the Black Country key sectors and to build long term, high quality relationships that enhanced careers and employability learning within the school’s curriculum.

The project saw over 1700 year 9 pupils benefit from the programme, 30 teachers undertake visits and over 60 employees from 35 different companies participate as volunteers, hosts or contributors to the session plans.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation that has been set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. The Passport to Employment programme was led by the Black Country LEP in partnership with the National Careers Service, Business in the Community as well as the Education Business Partnerships across Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

The resources created through the Passport to Employment programme were integrated within the Enterprise Adviser network to aid the sustainability and created a legacy that lives beyond the life of the Careers & Enterprise Company’s investment.

The Passport to Employment programme built on the success of the Careers & Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser initiative which the Black Country LEP delivers across Black Country schools through Enterprise Co-ordinators and a network of Enterprise Advisers who work with Education Business Partnerships.


For further information on the Passport to Employment programme, please contact Colin Parker, Skills Factory Director, on 01384 471112.