A new employment and training centre which is set to support hundreds of job hunters every year has been officially unveiled during Wolverhampton Working Well Week.

The Heart & Soul Community Employment and Training Centre in Low Hill will offer a range of services to people aged 18 or over looking for work or training, or those at risk of redundancy.

Heart & Soul Community has taken over the management of the Fifth Avenue building after it was declared surplus to requirements by Wolverhampton City Council, and the new facility opened its doors for the first time today (Thursday 26 March, 2015).

It will work in partnership with organisations like the city council to improve individuals' employability skills by providing help with CV writing, job search and interview technique and offering industry specific learning opportunities through providers like the City of Wolverhampton College.

Jayne Townsend, director of Heart & Soul Community, said: "I am very grateful to Wolverhampton City Council for supporting Heart & Soul Community in taking over the running of this building as an employment and training centre.

"We have already been working very closely with the council's Economic Inclusion Team and other partners on a number of very successful employment projects which have enabled residents to gain employment and accredited training. Having our own dedicated centre will help us reach even more people in future."

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to work with Heart & Soul Community to enable it to take on this asset and offer such an important service to local residents.

"This continues our successful partnership with Heart & Soul Community to provide employment and enterprise opportunities and coaching and mentoring support to unemployed residents."

For more information about the support available from the Heart & Soul Community Employment and Training Centre please visit Type=links;Linkid=5943;Title=Heart & Soul Community;Target=_blank; or call Jayne Townsend on 07845 238858.

Among those taking part in today's launch celebrations were residents who had previously been helped into employment by Heart & Soul Community, as well as partner organisations including Wolverhampton Homes, Job Centre Plus and the Army.

The official opening of the Heart & Soul Community Employment and Training Centre formed part of Wolverhampton Working Well Week, which has seen organisations come together to host more than 40 events to support local people to find the right job, get the right training and improve their health.

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.

  • released: Thursday 26 March, 2015