With Birmingham set to be the first city with an ethnic majority by 2020, the future of West Midlands’ inner city areas rests with tomorrow’s leaders. Birmingham’s experience is replicated in other parts of the country like Liverpool and London.
Empowering ‘home-grown’ community leadership in areas of deprivation – while nurturing talent within businesses and the public sector – is key to the region’s future.
KYRA’s founders, who have amassed wide-ranging expertise in community and ethnic regeneration projects across the West Midlands over many years – realized that there was a lack of strong leaders to tackle social and economic deprivation.
Focused on delivering vocational, business and enterprise training, KYRA has teamed up with leading businesses from across the West Midlands to provide real life skills. Drawing on the wealth of their experience, KYRA offers one-to-one and group support over the course of the programme.
To address the challenge KYRA devised the powerful Qualification Programme, which is approved by Staffordshire University and uniquely brings together businesses, public and voluntary sectors to train and inspire students from all walks of life to become leaders. This programme is now being rolled out across the country.
KYRA’s Enterprising Communities Programme is accredited by the National Open College Network. It has been devised in order to provide an opportunity to develop skills at other levels to take forward projects be they social enterprise, faith community based, public service or business. It also provides a natural progression (skills ladder at levels 2 and 3) to the Foundation Degree.