Prior to the pandemic, the City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employment programme had helped more than 5,000 local people into work since March 2017.
The established partnership continues to provide support digitally during lockdown – and views its collaborative approach as critical to connecting Wolverhampton residents facing redundancy with future skills and employment offers.
Online platform, www.wolvesworkbox.com offers easy access to support, training and advertises current vacancies.
Wolves at Work also provides tailored ethical recruitment and workforce development business support.
Individual work coaches are also on hand to support jobseekers to secure new jobs or upskill in existing roles, while receiving mentoring support.
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Harman Banger, said:
“There is no doubt that these are hugely challenging times for residents and businesses.
“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.”
DWP Jobcentre Operations Leader, Dez Grant, added:
“Universal Credit and our Jobcentres are providing vital support for all those who need it during the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We will continue to provide that vital support and stand together with our partners. Innovation and creativity are really needed now more than ever, which is what we do best together to keep people in work, increase skills levels and move people back into work with businesses in Wolverhampton.”