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Young people get a taste of working in the public sector

A group of local people aged between 18 and 24 visited the city council today to get an insight into working in the public sector.

Meeting the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Mike Heap (centre) are (back l-r) Michael Millichip; Ben McMurchie. Front L to R: Sarah Willington; Sornia Basram
Talent Match Black Country career 'taster' tours

The city council hosted the first of a series of Talent Match Black Country career 'taster' tours aimed at unemployed young people.

The session included a question and answer session with councillors and a tour to Wolverhampton Science Park, Wolverhampton Civic Halls and a meeting with planners at the regeneration site in Heath Town. They also heard about other regeneration taking place in Wolverhampton, including the development of the £5.5 million Youth Zone, a state of the art facility for the city's young people which is currently being built off Worcester Street.

The taster event was organised by Talent Match Black Country, a voluntary programme supporting young people to move forward into employment, education, training and volunteering. It is part of Wolverhampton Working Well Week, which begins today and continues until Friday (27 March). Organisations across the city have come together for Working Well Week to host over 40 events to support local people to find the right job, get the right training and improve their health.

The full programme of Working Well Week events and activities is available to download at Working Well Week. People can also find out more from Wolverhampton Today or via Twitter using the hashtag #wolvesin2work.

Working Well Week is part of Wolverhampton's drive to improve opportunities, prosperity and health for residents, and is also part of the first City Conference Season which aims to raise the profile of Wolverhampton, its people and the opportunities here.

Ian Darch, Chair of Wolverhampton Inclusion Board and Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council said: "Working Well Week is an excellent opportunity for local residents looking for work or to develop their skills to visit one of the events and to get the support and help to do so.

"At the same time, there is an opportunity for local people to improve their health and wellbeing by getting expert advice on a range of health issues and even have a health check."

"Organisations in Wolverhampton have come together to stage a week of activities on behalf of Wolverhampton City Board and I urge residents to take part. Support is available all year round."

Young unemployed people aged 18 to 24 wanting to find out more about the Talent Match Programme can visit Black Country Talent Match or call 01902 328973.

  • released: Monday 23 March, 2015