Walsall Works supports Darlaston Residents
Walsall Works supported residents in Darlaston on Friday 19th May, holding its third jobs fair of the year at Darlaston Town Hall.
The Darlaston Jobs Fair was attended by 250 people, with many coming from local neighbourhood areas. With attendees exceeding event bookings, the general atmosphere was buzzing with activity and the residents who attended were very pleased that an event was being held so locally in their area.
The event saw 28 exhibitors including strategic firms such as Mott McDonald, who are part of the High Speed Rail 2 scheme supply chain offering Management, Engineering and Development consultancy.
Early feedback from exhibitors including positive comments from Amey, who were delighted to be part of a community event. Amey took contact details from 40 people either interested in potential roles at the Walsall Depot or participants for their new “Journey to Work” programme.
TK Maxx were able to obtain details of 30+ customers interested in order picker roles at their Green Lane site, while Innov8 Synergy offered one customer an interview for a manufacturing role with interview being held the next day.
West Midlands Police took details of 8 customers who expressed an interest in both Police Officer and Community Support Officer roles. National Infrastructure Solutions were offering interesting Railway training courses, based at Bilston College, with guaranteed interviews at the end of the course in addition to offering site visits to their training centre.
The event was held in a prime community area of Darlaston to understand the barriers faced by local residents. The Darlaston ward areas present economic challenges around poor education attainment, low skills and high unemployment rates in which the event was key to support residents in accessing opportunities available to them.
Many of the people attending signed up to the Walsall Works programme, in order to access ongoing support and advice from their team of Employment Advisors. These participants will now receive bespoke employability support, a weekly jobs bulletin and invitations to attend other jobs fair events and training sessions within Walsall.
To find out more about the Walsall Works service, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01922 654353.