The Panel received a report from the Head of
Skills to update it on the skills and employment agenda in
particular the Wolverhampton skills and employment action plan, the
retention of high level skills, the Area review for Further
Education skills and engaging businesses to take up training and
The Action Plan had been developed outlining
the following programmes:
Programme 1, the City Work Place: aims
to improve the support given to businesses to help them
recruit, grow and retain skilled local
people, resulting in more jobs and more successful enterprise.
Programme 2, the City Work Box: aims to create a virtual system
that makes it easier for local people to obtain information, advice
and guidance, resulting in more local people accessing local
employment and progressing in the workplace.
Programme 3, the Learning City: initially aims to create a dynamic
learning environment across the city centre, with strong
connections into local communities.
This is the first step in putting learning at the heart of our
city’s overall development.
that they were also aware that residents were getting jobs but were
not then able to keep them.
Care also had to be
taken to not rush people into work and the Council was therefore
working with the DWP to attempt a
cultural shift to provide more support early on to get residents
work ready first which might then enable them to stay in work for
considered that there were many jobs available in the transport
industry but that it was hard to recruit people into these roles
(bus drivers and HGV drivers) with very little focus on the skills
required to do these jobs. Officers agreed that they would
investigate this through the Council’s interaction with
employers and it was thought that it might be just one of the areas
where additional work was required and where there might a need for
additional focus at college and university level. It was stated
that work was also being done with HGV and Rail track and officers
agreed to bring information regarding this to a future meeting of
The Panel queried
how the Council was addressing developments on the City boundaries
such as on the border with Staffordshire County Council where there
were thought to be around 2000 jobs in goods distribution and other
sites in Telford, Shrewsbury and Walsall. Officers confirmed that
the Council worked closely with other Councils and that this was
especially true regarding those involved in the Combined
The Panel expressed
some concern in relation to unpaid work placements as they were not
always productive or fair. Officers stated that the workplace model
was curtailed and limited to 2 to 8 weeks but was not a guarantee
of a future job but an opportunity to gain skills and references.
The Panel stated that it was important to ensure that workers were
not exploited and used to fill gaps in the workforce with no chance
of a permanent job or ...
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