City of Wolverhampton Council has teamed up with Wolverhampton Learning Platform to provide tailored skills and employment support to help city residents through the Learning Communities initiative.

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The council and Wolverhampton Learning Platform at Bilston Resource Centre (BRC) have worked closely with Ashley Housing to deliver a customised training package of support to help participants gain skills and knowledge about the health and social care sector, and meet employers, who have vacancies, as well as discover how to access further learning.

BRC and Job Change are two of the founding members of the Wolverhampton Learning Platform. Adam Bhardwarj from the platform said: "We have over a 100 years' experience within learning and skills development.

"We aim to provide a range of support to help people build up their skills and confidence to then access employment and further learning and employment.

"This programme has been designed to support residents from diverse communities to secure employment within the health and social care sector."

A local Employer Destiny Care visited the group of learners to talk to them about potential future opportunities.

Bilston Resource Centre and the Wolves at Work coaches will ensure residents receive ongoing support to secure employment.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "The council is working successfully with Wolverhampton Learning Platform providers.

"This has been an exciting initiative co-ordinated by the adult skills team at the council, which offers residents who may have several barriers, such as confidence issues or gaps in skills, an opportunity to be trained up within their own community and receive tailored support and advice via the Wolverhampton Learning Platform.

"We should be proud and showcase this unique and invaluable service available to local people within a local setting."

Please visit Type=links;Linkid=9551;Title=Wolves Workbox;Target=_blank; to learn more about forthcoming Learning Communities Programmes including Language@Work, Mind@Work and First Steps into Construction and Basic Skills Development.

Anyone interested in Learning Communities Programmes should contact Karen Sahota on 07881 358 679 or email

  • released: Thursday 22 March, 2018