Wolverhampton’s Youth Employment Hub is celebrating helping 1,000 young people in its first 100 weeks – with over 40% of them going into employment.

The service – based at The Way Youth Zone in School Street – is run by City of Wolverhampton Council and supported by funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Youth employability coaches work with 16 to 24 year olds in the city to connect them to mentoring opportunities, skills support, work experience, training, apprenticeships and jobs.

They are part of the Wolves at Work employment support programme, which has so far supported more than 7,500 city residents of all ages into work.  Specialist careers advice is also available through the council’s Connexions careers advisors.

Wolverhampton resident, Aidan Coope-Moss, aged 21, received support from the hub to secure work in the hospitality sector at The Halls Wolverhampton.

He said: “Before I visited the hub, I had a lack of work experience and did not know who to ask for help. The hub was really useful in getting me a job. They connected me with Wolves at Work, who helped me get an interview.”

Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Education, said: “Providing a youth friendly setting for young people to meet their youth employability coaches and get the help they need is what the Youth Employment Hub is all about.

“Our Wolves at Work programme is working closely with city training partners and employers to better connect young people to the opportunities they have.

“The Youth Hub supports this council commitment to creating more opportunities for young people – and I would urge any young people looking for help and advice to get in touch.”

To contact the Youth Employment Hub email youthhub@wolverhampton.gov.uk or call 01902 558951 or 01902 555211. 

The hub is open Monday to Friday (9.30am to 3.30pm) but will be closed during the Christmas break from 22 December to 1 January.

For online information about jobs, training and support all in one place head to Wolves Workbox.