Sessions to help residents in a Wolverhampton area enhance their job prospects get underway next week.

The Park Village Employability Scheme will begin on Monday (January 13) and provides training sessions aimed at supporting residents in the area, particularly those who have English as a second language or who are struggling to get into training or employment.

It was launched with a drop-in event in November and saw dozens of residents sign up to the scheme but there are still places available to people.

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Officers will provide a coaching and mentoring programme that will focus on the individual needs of a person to ensure they get the right training or job support they require.

The drop-in event saw a number of residents from the area highlighting the issues they face in accessing employment.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "These sessions will aim to boost residents' chances of gaining employment via a unique coaching and mentoring programme which will help support them to overcome the barriers they have identified.

"We are pleased with the response we had and it shows that there is a real desire amongst residents in Park Village to find work or boost their career prospects.

"The new Facebook page is an exciting development that will help keep people informed of how the scheme progresses and opportunities available to them."

Sue Lindup, Constituency Manager, North East, Neighbourhood Services Team, said: "Jobs, skill and training is a priority for residents in the Park Village area and this project will try to address this issue by providing specialist support."

The first of these will be 9.30am on Monday 13 January, 2014 at Stratton Street Community Centre, Nine Elms Lane Park Village, Wolverhampton.

All residents residing in the Park Village area are welcome to attend and if anybody would like further information please contact Karen Sahota or Manjit Cheema on 01902 556622.

  • released: Friday 10 January, 2014