Dudley 'pop-up shop' offers training for jobless teens

A ‘pop-up shop’ offering unemployed teenagers help with training and finding a job has opened in Dudley.

Cutting the symbolic ribbon is Dudley MP Ian Austin. with him is Kayleigh Finlayson from Dudley and Chris Luty, a director of BCTG, the group behind the project
Cutting the symbolic ribbon is Dudley MP Ian Austin. with him is Kayleigh Finlayson from Dudley and Chris Luty, a director of BCTG, the group behind the project

Training experts BCTG have set up in former estate agents shop in Stone Street.

The company says it wants to take advantage of the empty premises so it can target teenagers who are currently not in education, training or employment. The shop, which was opened by Dudley North MP Ian Austin, will be open until November 23.

BCTG director Chris Luty said: “This is a very cost-effective way for us to provide a short-term centre for seven of the training providers we work with in the borough, to attract teenagers and tell them about the options available to them.”

The pop-up shop will be open on Wednesday through to Saturday and will be manned by staff from training providers NACRO, Rathbone, Nova, St Thomas Network, Groundwork, Landau, YMCA as well as BASE Studios and Targeted Training Projects.

Mr Luty added: “We tend to find that a lot of young people need help and advice at this time of the year.”