The Council’s Employment & Skills Team contributes to these priorities and takes responsibility to support local residents to improve their economic well-being. The service is delivered through the Council funded Walsall Works programme, a partnership between the local authority, employers, training providers and Jobcentre Plus. Through close working relationships with a broad range of partners our aim is to create the conditions for job creation and sustainable employment.
The team’s core functions is to:
- Analyse economic and demographic data to fully understand the issues and challenges
- Work sub-regionally with the Local Enterprise Partnership and regionally with the Combined Authority to develop clear strategies to improve the economic prospects of the area
- Develop and deliver services that actively support residents to improve their skills and to help them become more employable, hence equipping them for the world of work
- Lead on the successfully delivery of key programmes such as Inclusive Economic Growth, Walsall Works, BC Impact, Talent Match, City Deal, to name a few
The team takes a lead role in reducing unemployment and tackling long term worklessness in the borough. We have a shared and clear understanding of the issues and barriers facing our residents, and we work closely to address issues under the guidance of the Walsall Employment and Skills Board, representation includes the Council, Jobcentre Plus, FE and Adult Learning Colleges, Training Providers, Registered Housing Landlords, Higher Education, Voluntary and Private sector.
Our joint working and shared intelligence helps us to ensure we gain the maximum benefit from mainstream funding and added value through accessing external funding.
Our goal is to ensure that information about employment support is clear and accessible in one place. These webpages will help to guide residents to identify the support and guidance available, whether it be for those looking for help with getting back into employment or those wishing to improve their skills to progress in their current workplace.