Wolves at Work has officially opened its new employment hub in the i10 building at the heart of the city centre’s £150million award-winning transport Interchange.

The free Wolves at Work programme is co-ordinated by City of Wolverhampton Council and supported by local employers and partner organisations to help people into sustainable employment. 

Based in Unit 5 at the i10 building the new Wolves at Work site neighbours the Cost of Living Hub at the Queen’s Building in Victoria Square and Ignite, the council’s business and enterprise hub.

This will help the council and its partners to deliver an integrated employment, skills and business growth offer for residents and businesses.

Anyone can call in at the new i10 hub from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm, to speak to work coaches and recruitment staff who will be on hand to help.

Residents are offered their own dedicated work coach who provide support with CVs, help to complete job applications and interview practice, advice on training courses and in-work benefits and access to hundreds of local jobs through links with employers. 

The Wolves at Work employment programme has been delivered by the council since 2017 and through supporting residents into employment it has brought tens of millions of pounds of benefit to the local economy in that time.

Wolves at Work also has an employment hub at Bilston Town Hall and weekly drop-in sessions are held at locations throughout the city for people of any age, with one-to-one support for job hunters or those looking to progress in their careers.

Another 700 people have been helped into jobs over the last year through the initiative.

The council estimates it could see more than 1,200 people of all ages pass through the doors of the new Wolves at Work i10 site and its existing employment hub at Bilston Town Hall over the next year.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “The choice of i10 as the venue for the hub demonstrates the council’s commitment to supporting residents and the local economy, with this building chosen due to its prominent central location, its excellent transport links, and close proximity to the Cost of Living Hub at the Queen’s Building and Ignite.

“As well as benefiting from the superb facilities and welcoming environment of our offices at i10 and in Bilston, Wolves at Work will continue to deliver in the local community, in venues such as council family hubs and community organisations like the Ukrainian Centre.

“Together, we are determined to support people into employment, improving skills, gaining qualifications, and ensuring that no-one in our city is left behind.”

As well as visiting the i10 or the Bilston Town Hall hubs residents seeking support can also visit any of the weekly drop-in sessions, a list of which can be found on the Workbox website.

Alternatively, people can email wolvesatwork@wolverhampton.gov.uk or call 01902 554400.

Local employers looking for help to fill roles can also find support through the Wolves At Work team of dedicated Recruitment Managers. 

They can help by finding the right candidates for vacant roles and offer a range of support, from mapping potential candidates against employers’ criteria through to arranging interviews. 

They also offer ongoing support to ensure that candidates stay in employment – from assisting with initial travel costs to providing advice on childcare and finances.

Employers can advertise their vacancies online for free on Wolves Workbox.

In the last 12 months 196 employers have advertised vacancies on the Wolves Workbox website.

Employers interested in doing this can visit Wolves at Work or email recruitment@wolverhampton.gov.uk.