The Ladder for the Black Country campaign is being relaunched with the aim of helping people take the first step up the rungs to successful careers by opening the doors to a new stream of apprenticeship opportunities. It comes at a time when the Black Country and the wider UK is facing a rise in unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Ladder for the Black Country is backed by the Express & Star. It was originally launched in 2014 and the campaign succeeded in finding employment for more than 1,000 people in the region over three years. It has helped many people to find a career path and take those vital first few steps up the ladder. Businesses that have been involved with the Ladder for the Black Country and invested in young people have seen raw apprentices they took on blossom to become key members of their workforce. Express & Star Editor Martin Wright said: “We are proud to be a part of this campaign and look forward to helping make a positive contribution to our region’s recovery from the devastating effects of the pandemic.”

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