This year's Residents Programme (14 to 31 March) has played host to a new partnership event showcasing the exciting employment growth opportunities available within the construction sector in the City of Wolverhampton.

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Careers into Construction is a partnership between Wolves at Work, City of Wolverhampton College, and construction company Wates Living Space, working alongside Women in Construction and Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).

The event, at City of Wolverhampton College's construction campus in Bilston, provided careers and work advisors from organisations across the city with key information on the future skills and employment offer for residents.

Councillor Claire Darke, Cabinet Member for Education, opened the event and Rowena Valentine, Customer Care and Senior Liaison Officer for Wates Living Space, highlighted their support for students at St Mathias School, as she spoke about the importance of businesses linking with schools and inspiring the next generation.

Isobel Woods, City of Wolverhampton Council Head of Enterprise, illustrated construction plans as part of a vision for a new commercial district at the heart of the city's £150 million transport Interchange.

Councillor Darke said: "There is £3.7 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline for the City of Wolverhampton.

"On the back of this, construction projects are springing up across the city, creating jobs.

"It is important careers and work advisors are aware how best for people to access these opportunities and this event showed them how."

The Careers into Construction event is just one of a range of free events taking place in the city from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 31 March to support local people to get support with living, learning and working in the City of Wolverhampton. For more information please visit Type=links;Linkid=10131;Title=Live Learn Work;Target=_blank;.

Caption (L-R): Joy Rudge, CITB for Construction DWP, Cllr Claire Darke, Joel Dallhouse, City of W'ton College Curriculum Manager for Construction and Build Environment, Luana Bills, Partnership Manager for Women into Construction, Rowena Valentine, Customer Care Manager for Wates Living Space, and Isobel Woods, Head of Enterprise for CWC

  • released: Monday 26 March, 2018