Sandwell Council has launched a work experience scheme to help young people gain vital job skills.
The local authority is offering placements of up to three months to 300 young people aged 16 to 24.
A range of council services are taking part in the initiative, including engineering, transport, social care and museums.
On average 4,220 people aged between 16 and 24 were unemployed in Sandwell during 2012.
Young people are the future of this country and it is crucial they gain the right job skills to equip them for the world of work. This new scheme will give them valuable experience which will give them a good CV.
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