Walsall Council recently signed up to the Local Employer Partnership agreement with Jobcentre Plus as part of our ongoing commitment to support disadvantaged communities and workless residents to secure employment either with the authority or with our partner organisations. To support this vision we have planned a series of events promoting the local authority as an employer and current job vacancies. The events will also promote the range of services available from our local partner organisations and where appropriate engage with other public sector employers and local private employers to advertise their forthcoming job vacancies. The events will place an importance on offering training and support to those who are at risk or have been made redundant so that they can quickly re-enter the labour market.
The aim of the events is to promote employment opportunities, the skills and personal qualities required for these jobs and the range of support available locally to assist local people, particularly those who are long term unemployment. Importantly the events are to raise the awareness and aspirations of local people to consider the range of services and support available to help them make positive steps into taking up employment in the future.
The events take the form of table displays and there will be opportunities for attendees to receive help and guidance on issues such as ‘how to complete successful job application forms’ and ‘interview techniques’, CV writing, motivation and confidence. There would be no cost for attending the events. Most events will run in local venues between 10am to 4pm.
Successful Event so far:
10th July 2008– Walsall Town Centre at St Paul’s the Crossing, WS1 1DA – this event was attended by 260 individuals looking for work or support. There were 19 exhibitors offering support and assistance to individuals of which the following were promoting job vacancies available; Walsall Council, WM Fire Service, Walsall Housing Group, Walsall Housing, Starting Point and Jobcentreplus.
10th September 2008– Darlaston Town Hall, Victoria Road, Darlaston – 220 attendees, 22 exhibitors offering support and assistance to individuals of which Asda, Walsall Council, WM Fire Service and JobCentre were promoting live vacancies
12th November 2008– Blakenall Village Centre, Thames Road, Blakenall - 150 attendees. There 25 exhibitors offering support, advice and assistance. Employment opportunities were promoted by Homeserve, Mid Counties Co-op, MacNeillies, Walsall Council, Walsall Housing Grp, Walsall Council, Walsall teaching Primary Care Trust, West Midlands Fire Service, WM Police, Jobcentreplus
21st January 2009 – Palfrey Sure Start, South Street, Palfrey, WS1 4HE – 120 attendees. There were 20 exhibitors offering support, advice and assistance. Employers promoting vacancies included Homeserve, Walsall Council, Walsall Housing Group, Walsall teaching Primary Care Trust, Jobcentreplus.
Future Dates of Events are::
11th March 2009 – Beechdale Community Centre, Bloxwich, WS2 7DX
24th April 2009 – Aldridge Community Centre, Middlemore Lane, Aldridge WS9 8AN
1st July 2009 – Willenhall Chart Centre, 19 Gomer Street, Willenhall WV13 2NS
24th September 2009 – Walsall Town Hall, Lichfield Street, Walsall WS1 1SZ
11th November 2009 – Darlaston Town Hall, Victoria Street, Darlaston WS10 8AA