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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills partnerships


Suited for Success is over the moon to be a West Midlands Combined Authority Jobs and Skills Academy delivery partner and a United by Birmingham 2022 Community Programme Partner for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Games are set to put the West Midlands on the world stage and will create thousands of volunteering and job opportunities across the region. 

Jobs and volunteering opportunities for young people

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will provide a unique festival of top-class sport, inspirational culture and innovative business, making a world of difference for everyone in Birmingham, across the West Midlands.

Working with the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC), the West Midlands Combined Authority have established a Jobs and Skills Academy (JSA) intended to support 1000 unemployed young people to access the volunteering opportunities created by the games with a further 6000 individuals supported into training and employment.

Without focused intervention, there is a risk that young people (particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds) living local to venues being used by the Games will miss out on the exciting volunteering and employment opportunities available.

Linking young people to the Games

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Suited for Success is one of 20 community-based organisations working close to Games venues in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell and Wolverhampton who will be working with WMCA to support local young people aged 18 to 30 who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment, with a particular target focus on those who live in priority wards.

The programme has been developed as part of the Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy, which is driving skills and employment opportunities for local people, through the Games.


Supporting Unemployed Young People in Ladywood


Suited for Success will be working with the WMCA to support unemployed young people (18-30) in Ladywood Ward in Birmingham also including the following surrounding areas  Soho & Jewellery Quarter, Holyhead, Handsworth, Lozells, Newtown, Nechells. The one year programme starting in Summer 2021 to December 2022 will link local young people to the Commonwealth Games through unique training, volunteering and employment opportunities.


We will be providing tailored wrap-around employment support prior, during, and after the Commonwealth games to ensure positive progression.

The Games in Ladywood

Utilita Arena Birmingham based in the heart of Ladywood will host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament. The venue is on the doorstep of Suited for Success and a perfect location to encourage local young people to get involved and play a part in the Games.

If you are a young person living in Ladywood (or supporting a young person living in Ladywood) and would like to sign up to join our Birmingham Commonwealth Games programme get in touch with us using the contact form below

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United by Birmingham 2022 Community Programme Partner

Suited for Success is also proud to be a United by Birmingham 2022 Community Programme Partner.  The role of the community programme is to recognise projects that are delivered by grass-roots organisations that are having a positive impact on the communities that they serve across a diverse range of subjects.


These include but are not limited to projects that; aim to improve skills, offer training, provide volunteering resource, benefit the environment, encourage participation in sport, or deliver youth engagement activities.


Look out for all our news and updates on the run up to, during and beyond the Games.

Get in touch 

Are you aged 18 – 30 unemployed, living in Ladywood, Soho, Winson Green, Lozells, Newtown, Handsworth, Nechells and interested in volunteering and employment opportunities for the Birmingham 2022 Games? Or are you a local business that would like to support our community employment programmes? Get in touch, we would love to talk you. TEXT STANDOUT to: 07380 609669, Email: or complete the form below. 

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Useful website links
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games website
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