A successful pilot scheme developed by City of Wolverhampton Council and Yoo Recruit to help get unemployed residents into work is to be extended.

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The employability programme is aimed at providing vital skills, training and support for city residents to secure jobs.

The council's Economic Inclusion Service worked with Yoo Recruit, the council's recruitment company, to offer residents customised training, skills development and support, including opportunities for work experience within the council.

The training was also delivered in partnership with City of Wolverhampton College, City of Wolverhampton Council, Access to Business and Job Change.

At the end of last year, 15 unemployed residents completed the programme and were presented with certificates by Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy.

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

Councillor Reynolds said: "This has been an excellent initiative to help unemployed people in Wolverhampton find a way back into work.

"This was a pilot initiative and we look forward to establishing this programme on an ongoing basis through a long term partnership with Yoo Recruit."

Peter Holmes, Yoo Recruit Recruitment Manager, added: "We are delighted to have been involved in this initiative and support local unemployed residents to develop the right skills and get the training needed for Yoo Recruit vacancies."

The next programme will begin next month and anyone interested should contact either Karen Sahota on 07881 358679 or Manjit Cheema on 07717 733051, or email Karen.Sahota@wolverhampton.gov.uk or Manjit.Cheema@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Caption: Residents completed the programme and were presented with certificates - Sue Lindup, Gemma Parker, Cynthia Bailey, Corol Chandra, Harpreet Kaur, Tracey Scarlett, Karen Broome, Kulwinder Kaur, Trevor Cole, Joel Graham, Robert Preston, Mr Cole, (sitting down): Gemma Bott, Councillor Reynolds and Tony Blakeway

  • released: Tuesday 10 January, 2017