What’s it all about?

Movement to Work, with advisory support from The Prince’s Trust, has launched the Stand Out Youth Steering Group (YSG) to support West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in the delivery of the Stand Out programme.  A National Lottery Community Funded project, The Stand Out programme is a new initiative set up as part of the Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy, driving skills and employment opportunities for local people, through the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Movement to Work chairs the YSG, which brings young people (Stand Out young champions) and businesses together, with business sponsors from the Movement to Work employer network guiding and supporting the young champions on the YSG. Read the full announcement press release from July 2021 here.

What’s happening?

In the final months of 2021, continuing throughout 2022, Movement to Work, WMCA and youth engagement partner, Participation People, meet regularly with our inspirational employer partners who have agreed to support the new Stand Out Youth Steering Group. We are very excited to see the positive impact this will drive in the region and a huge thank you to our employer partners:

  • Accenture
  • BT
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • HSBC
  • Marks and Spencer (M&S)
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL)
  • Tesco
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wates Group

The Stand Out programme is being delivered through 10 community-based organisations, who will each work directly with young people. These include two existing Movement to Work partners; Street League, a charity that uses the power of sport to tackle poverty and give young people the opportunities they need to succeed in life and the workplace; and Suited for Success a charity that provides free interview clothing, interview coaching and employment preparation skills.

Some of our Young Champions from the Stand Out YSG at the top of the BT Tower celebrating Movement to Work’s Youth Summit event in November 2021 – the first time members of the YSG met in person!



“It’s great to see young people leading the Stand Out programme, helping other young people to take advantage of the work and volunteering opportunities from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, we’re working with our partners to provide targeted support for disadvantaged young people and communities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

“Making sure that the jobs created by the Games go to local people is a key part of my jobs plan to help more than 100,000 residents into employment over the next two years, and is also critical to ensuring the Commonwealth Games is a Games for everyone.”


“In establishing a youth led steering group, Movement to Work looks to bring young people and business together, driving skills and employment opportunities for local people, before, during and after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“We want to help make the connection between volunteering and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, and to inspire business to create opportunities for disadvantaged young people who have engaged with volunteering during the Games. We are very excited to be involved and committed to driving a positive impact for young people in the West Midlands.”


“I couldn’t wish for a better project for Movement to Work to continue to make an impact in the region. Through working in partnership with WMCA, employers and youth outreach organisations we strive to maximise the opportunity the Games brings for young people to get into volunteering, work experience, vocational training and jobs.

“Now it’s time for us to make it an amazing opportunity for young people in the West Midlands.”


Get involved!

For more information about the Stand Out programme Youth Steering Group and how to get involved please email: [email protected]

For more information about the Stand Out programme, jobs and volunteering for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games click here.