Over 190 unemployed people in the borough have job interviews in the pipeline after attending a recent jobs fair, which took place at Walsall College’s £11m Hub.
The event was solely dedicated to jobs available in the health and social care sector and attracted 17 local care providers looking to recruit new staff.
The first event of its kind, organised in partnership between the college, Jobcentre Plus and Walsall Council, saw jobseekers who have expressed an interest in working in the industry invited to attend and given the opportunity to meet the employers and apply for jobs on the day.
Roles available include Home Support Workers, Domiciliary Care and Residential Care Workers.
In addition, 10 people have enrolled on to a Care to Make a Difference course at Walsall College, to help them gain the specific qualifications they need to work in the industry. On completion of the course the college will support them to apply for jobs and arrange interviews.
Dale Stewart, Team Leader for Employability at Walsall College, said: “With a growing need to recruit more skilled workers in the health and care sector, this event provided a great opportunity to bring employers and jobseekers together under one roof.
“It has been a fantastic success and the feedback we received from employers on the calibre of candidates has been very positive. Almost 200 unemployed people are now a step closer to finding work, while others are on their way to achieving an industry recognised qualification.
“We are now looking at organising more events of this nature”