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Employability scheme to boost job prospects

Dozens of residents have signed up to a unique Wolverhampton scheme to help boost their career prospects.

Local residents Nabila Razzak and Onkar Singh with Constituency Support Officer Manjit Cheema (standing) and Co-ordinating Officer Karen Sahota
The Park Village Employability Scheme

The Park Village Employability Scheme will help residents in the area particularly those who have English as a second language or who are struggling to get into training or employment.

And a successful drop-in session was held to launch the scheme, which will provide a coaching and mentoring programme that will focus on the individual needs of a person to ensure they get the right training or job support they require.

The programme is run by Manjit Cheema and Karen Sahota, from the north East Neighbourhood Services Team, who will provide support and run workshops and courses.

Residents who attended the drop in completed a needs assessment and this will be collated and used to form suitable training packages.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "I am delighted with the response we have had so far for the Park Village Employability Scheme.

"From the feedback we have received, early findings suggest that many barriers are being faced in accessing appropriate support and guidance services to gain employment.

"This programme will focus on the needs of each individual and will help build their confidence and motivate them to achieve their goals and find work."

Sue Lindup, Constituency Manager, North East, Neighbourhood Services Team said: "Jobs, skills and training is a priority for residents in the Park Village area and this project will try to address this issue by providing specialist support."

Onkar Singh, who attended the event and has been unemployed for over 12 months, said: "I have found it very difficult to find work but I feel that this scheme will be more appropriate to my needs and give me the guidance and one to one support that other services do not currently provide".

If any residents from the Park Village area are interested in joining the programme please contact Karen or Manjit on 01902 556622.

  • released: Tuesday 10 December, 2013