A successful scheme developed by City of Wolverhampton Council and Yoo Recruit to help get unemployed residents into work is delivering more new recruits.

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The community skills and employability programme is aimed at providing vital skills, training and support for city residents to build their skills, knowledge, confidence and improve their chances of securing employment within community settings.

The council's Skills & Employability Service worked collaboratively with city partners, and the council's recruitment company, Yoo Recruit, to also offer residents a better insight into the jobs available at the council.

Thirteen unemployed residents recently took part in a 5 week programme, hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous participants who have secured employment via this pathway.

Three have already secured jobs - 1 through Yoo Recruit and 2 with other employers.

Yoo Recruit vacancies available for the trainees to apply for include customer attendants, market attendants, home to school passenger escorts, cleaning assistants and catering assistants.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This has been an excellent initiative to help support unemployed people in Wolverhampton find a way back into work.

"We look forward to more pre employment and skills programmes on an ongoing basis through our long term relationship with Yoo Recruit and other city partners."

The training package was delivered in partnership with City of Wolverhampton College, Access to Business, Job Change and Low Hill Community Centre.

Residents gained accredited qualifications, which move them along the city skills pipeline to now be referred to Wolves@Work, where they will receive further support from specialist work coaches.

Peter Holmes, Yoo Recruit Recruitment Manager, added: "I am really pleased we have been able to support this fantastic initiative again.

"It has been wonderful to see many Wolverhampton residents benefiting from this type of support and obtaining employment, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership for the planned programmes in the future."

The next community skills and employability programme will begin in the autumn and anyone interested should contact Karen Sahota on 07881 358679 or email Karen.Sahota@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Caption: Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu and Mayoress Asha Mattu, and Councillor John Reynolds present 10 of the successful participants (Anthony Norris, Vivian Smith, Patience Mandikisi, Michele Fletcher, Sean Ravenna, Lee Tonks, Naomi Blake, Ana Pereira, Ashia Rani, Edmore Moffat) with their certificates at Low Hill Community Centre

  • released: Thursday 13 July, 2017