Support into Work
The following programmes can offer you support to find work.
- Graduate Advantage (Support For Graduates)
- Employment One Stop Shops
- New Enterprise Allowance
- Walsall Families Information Service
- Welfare Rights
- Walsall Council Work Experience
The following are websites with employment opportunities.
- National Careers Service
- National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
- Starting Point
- Walsall Works
Graduate Advantage are the people to talk to if you want work experience internships in the West Midlands.Graduate Advantage believe that graduates are great for business, so we want to retain them here in the West Midlands.
Funded and supported by a consortium of universities and university colleges, Graduate Advantage is a unique one stop shop to finding your perfect intern. Graduate Advantage is based at Aston University and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The West Midlands is the only region in England to have this kind of service and with superb links they have access to graduates from a wide range of degree disciplines.
If you are new to Graduate Advantage and you have any questions about how things work contact:
Address: South Wing 310 Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Telephone 0121 204 4767
The Shop provide a multi-agency 'one stop shop' employment, skills and training advice service operating from a central district centre location. The services attract and provide specialist support and advice to residents from the target wards. The shop provide innovative activities to engage and support residents and move them towards work readiness and sustainable employment through mentoring, training, tailored support and access to employment opportunities.
Work on the Horizon
Address: 1 Queens Prade, High Street, Bloxwich WS3 2EX
Telephone 01922 496555
New Enterprise Allowance provides help to unemployed people aged 18 plus who have been claiming benefits for more than 26 weeks to start their own business.
Business mentors from the local community provide guidance and support as individuals develop their ideas and begin trading.
Once an individual has demonstrated a viable business idea and is ready to register as self employed they can:
- Apply for a weekly allowance paid for the first 26 weeks of business, to help during start up when their earnings may rise and fall
- Apply for a loan of up to £1,274 to help with start up costs
If you’re interested in taking part in New Enterprise Allowance, talk to your Jobcentre Plus Adviser
Walsall Families Information Service (FIS) is a free, impartial service that gives advice and up-to-date information on a variety of things that affect families in Walsall. They aim to help mums, dads and carers by giving them the right information and advice that will empower them to make the right decisions for their families. They also offer help and advice to professionals who are working with families across the borough.
If you need help or information on:
- Finding childcare
- Paying for childcare
- Free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds and some 2year olds
- Activities for children and young people
- How Children’s Centre’s in Walsall help 0-5 year olds and their families
- More about what Walsall’s Toy Library has to offer
If you have a child with a disability or Special Educational need the Extra help link has details of both local and national organisations that might be able to offer you support if and when you need it.
Walsall Families Information Service
Address Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TR
Telephone 01922 653383
Welfare Rights Service in Walsall is unique in offering a whole range of services to residents and partners, these include an intensive house to house survey that has been nationally recognised as best practice by the Audit Commission as well as Local Government Association and The Pension Service.
Welfare Rights Team help residents to gain full entitlement to Welfare benefits but also concentrate on quality of life improvements. Where the need arises they prepare a case and represent clients at independent appeals tribunals.
The Welfare Rights Service Walsall Council Civic Centre 1st Floor Walsall WS1 1TP
Enquiry line 01922 652250
Fax 01922 653999
WorkWise offers 4 weeks free travel assistance to unemployed Walsall residents (not on the Work Programme) to remove transportation barriers to employment.
Free travel support includes:
- Free travelcards to attend job interviews and work trials
- Free travelpass for travel when starting a new job (for four weeks)
- Free travel support, advice and journey planning
How to apply - If you a Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton resident, apply at your local Jobcentre Plus or Connexions or contact workwise on the number below.
Address Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD
Telephone 0121 2147436
The National Careers Service provides everyone aged 13 and over access to the best information, advice and resources to make more effective choices about skills, careers, work and life.
Adults aged 16 and over can also open a Lifelong Learning Account and if aged 19 or over (18 or over if a Jobcentre Plus customer) can book a face-to-face session with a professional careers adviser. The National Careers Service is available in a wide range of locations across England
The National Careers Service website aims to:
- Help you with careers decisions and planning
- Support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and developing new goals
- Motivate you to implement your plan of action
- Enables you to make the best use of high quality career related tools
Telephone 0800 100 900
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England. They assist in recruiting apprentices through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship job vacancies and potential apprentices can apply.
- Apply for live vacancies www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Starting Point Recruitment is an innovative employment business working within a diverse range of occupational areas from clerical staff to grounds operatives, care assistants to domestics. Starting point provide candidates with temporary and permanent work, training, job search, support and guidance and clients with practical, effective solutions to their recruitment needs. Starting Point Recruitment is the Walsall Council’s preferred recruitment agency.
Address Challenge Building, Hatherton Road, Walsall, WS1 1XS
Telephone 01922 422480
Traineeships is a new programme for young people who want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job.
It is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.
Traineeships can last from eight weeks up to six months and will include:
·Work preparation training provided by Walsall College
·English and maths support if required
·A work experience placement with an employer
Telephone: 01922 654353
Walsall Works is a multi-million financial investment by Walsall Council. It symbolises our vision of creating the conditions for sustainable employment growth within our Walsall based businesses.
It aims to raise the ambition and aspiration of our young residents. In doing so, it will reduce the number of young people who are not in education, training or employment. Walsall Works will unlock new jobs within micro, small and medium sized enterprises with a focus on those opportunities within the growth sectors of:
- Niche and high value Manufacturing and Engineering
- Building and Environmental Technologies
- Financial, Professional and Business Services
- Creative and Digital Services
- Health and Social Care
To find out more or to register your interest click here and compleate the online interest forms
Address: 2nd Floor, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DQ
Telephone: 01922 654353
Work experience can give you confidence, a reference, new skills or an opportunity to decide whether a particular sector or type of work is for you.
Walsall Council hosts a number of work experience placements a year and also promotes and supports work experience programmes with other employers throughout the borough.
Work experience enables participants to gain real skills and experience in real workplace settings. This means the whether you’re a young person looking for their first experience of work or whether you have many years of experience but are looking for a change, you can get CV building with some help.
If you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance you can ask your adviser to access opportunities via the Job centre.
If you are interested in getting some Work Experience with Walsall Council then visit http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/index/jobshop/work_experience-3.htm
Employment & Skills
Telephone 01922 654353
This page was last updated on 25 August 2016