Employment Support

Connecting Communities (WMCA Innovation Pilot)

The Connecting Communities Pilot commenced delivery on the 28th June 2018.

The programme is part of the first WMCA Devolution Agreement, an agreement which consists of better skills planning and a local strategy, better employment support and local control of public funding for adult skills training.

The pilot is aimed at tackling unemployment and low pay within local communities. The intention is to support individuals’ to engage with localised employability support, to raise the aspirations within the community, and support individuals’ transition into sustainable employment.



The pilot is delivered across 9 wards across the WMCA geography by 8 specialist delivery organisations.

Support is available to anybody that is 16 years and older and is a resident in  Batchley/Brockhill, Binley/Willenhall, Birchills/ Leamore, Camp Hill, Cannock North, Chelmsley Wood, Glascote, Shard End and Washwood Heath.

The pilot provides support to those individuals who are currently unemployed or employed and in receipt of a low income and who would like to receive support in finding work or progressing in employment.



Each constituent member local authority was given the opportunity to select their preferred target area. Through this process, all seven Metropolitan Councils identified potential pilot areas as have Tamworth and Redditch Borough Councils, Cannock District Council and Nuneaton & Bedworth District Council.



Each organisation provides a unique offer to residents focused on the needs of local residents. Customers are assisted with  the development of a personal plan to help them to find work or progress in employment, with a dedicated coach to provide support throughout the customers journey.



For more information around local delivery please contact:


Batchley / Brockhill, TBC : johnhall@wmca.org.uk

Binley Willenhall (Coventry), Reed in Partnership: binleywillenhalljobs.co.uk

Birchills/ Leamore (Walsall), Walsall College: waccguidance@walsallcollege.ac.uk

Camp Hill (Nuneaton), Pet Xi: gdrake@pet-xi.co.uk

Cannock North, Walsall College: waccguidance@walsallcollege.ac.uk

Chelmsley Wood, Advance Housing: ccref@advanceuk.org;

Glascote (Tamworth), Steps to Work: km.communitytogethercic@gmail.com          

Shard End (Birmingham), Shaw Trust: connectingcommunities@shaw-trust.org.uk

Washwood Heath (Birmingham), Remploy: washwood@mail.remploy.co.uk



For any general enquiries related to the Connecting Communities Pilot please contact: JohnHall@wmca.org.uk