Released: October 1, 2021

Wolves at Work connecting jobs to residents

Wolves at Work is urging city residents to get in touch and take advantage of a range of employment opportunities highlighted during Wolverhampton Business Week.

Employers and organisations currently have vacancies in the public sector, construction, hospitality sector and NHS.

The opportunities come at a critical time with the national Furlough scheme drawing to a close yesterday (Thursday).

Wolves at Work, a City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employment programme, has helped more than 6,500 local people into work since March 2017.

Its online platform, www.wolvesworkbox.com offers easy access to support, training and advertises current vacancies.

Around 50 per cent of those gaining employment are aged 18 to 29.

Individual work coaches are on hand to support jobseekers to secure new jobs or upskill in existing roles, while receiving mentoring support.

Wolves at Work also provides tailored ethical recruitment and workforce development business support.

Anyone who needs support can contact Wolves at Work by emailing WolvesatWork@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, said: “Now the furlough scheme has ended we expect there will be a rise in the number of people looking for jobs.

“The sterling work that Wolves at Work do is therefore needed now more than ever with people losing their jobs due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These are hugely challenging times for residents and businesses and in Wolves at Work we are fortunate to have an excellent and well-established model of what collaborative working can achieve when it comes to getting people into and keeping them in work, as well as supporting businesses with skills development.

“In the past we have helped people from different backgrounds in different businesses – everything from chocolate making to building, and public administration to health and social care.

“The Wolves at Work partnership is now needed more than ever to help businesses drive our recovery from this current crisis and reconnect people to job opportunities.”

Almost 650 businesses have also pledged their support to Wolves at Work and, as well as providing employment opportunities, have welcomed 874 people into Sector Based Work Academies, and almost 400 into work experience.

Wolves at Work also offers support to care leavers, former military personnel and ex-offenders.