Above average levels of worklessness were identified across the Black Country, with some communities facing specific barriers to employment.

The Heart of England Community Foundation secured almost £5m from ESF and TNLCF to identify community led approaches to supporting workless residents, addressing barriers to employment and bringing them closer to the labour market.

Through a programme of interviews, focus groups and observations Forever Consulting were able to identify the specific features of community based programmes and their success factors compared with mainstream service provision when aiming to achieve inclusive economic growth.