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Learning IT with community help.

A community scheme has been launched in Lozells that aims to give excluded young people the IT and life skills they need to find a job.

The MentorIT Academy is run by Gary Murrain-Meade and Devon Mckenzie and is the first of a planned series of academies across the city.

The MentorIT Academy will offer an IT qualification for young people that are excluded from school or are excluded from society in a broader sense.

Gary Murrain-Meade said: "The community has truly come together to support the launch of this scheme. We have had support from the local church and community organisations across the city. Our aim is to turn exclusion into inclusion by giving these young people the skills they need to find full time employment."

The course will offer an Open College Network Certificate in Mentoring Level 2.

Students will also have access to training in basic computer literacy and receive mentoring in life skills, financial management, basic skills and employability training.

The academy is working with local business to source work experience for the students who fall in the 'NEET' (not in Employment Education or Training) category.

The academy says it has carried out research to ensure the courses can be delivered in a way that is flexible and meets the needs of young people within the area. It will also offer local businesses and community groups meeting facilities with the latest AV equipment.

The BVYC, MentorIT Academy is supported by The Birmingham Foundation, Awards for All, Business in the Community and a number of Trust and grant giving Organisations.

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Devon Mckenzie (left) talks through the course with Axmed Xussen
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