New partnership for employment and skills at the Forum Centre
Facilities at the Forum have grown further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the building. Job Centre Plus (JCP) is located on the ground floor.
The new zone, called Forum Opportunities, is shared with Manchester Adult Education (MAE), which will work in partnership with the job centre.
Chief executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Eddie Flanagan, is enthusiastic about the changes: “We are delighted to welcome JCP to the Forum. Working in partnership with MAE, one of our valued existing stakeholders, the Trust is looking forward to building a unique training and employment service that will be of considerable benefit to local people.”
MAE already delivers a wide range of courses at the Forum which help residents to prepare for, and progress into employment, and to develop the skills to take a more active role in their communities through, for example, volunteering. Julie Rushton, head of MAE said:
“In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAE courses make their lives better. MAE is looking forward to developing its existing partnership with Wythenshawe Job centre and Wythenshawe Forum Trust, to provide an improved education and employment service for residents and employers.”
Lisa Jones, customer service lead DWP Trafford Cluster, said: “We are proud to be part of this collaboration and see our move into the Forum as our golden opportunity to become a real hub for the community, offering opportunities for our Wythenshawe customers.”
Sue Boyer is the job centre manager and is equally pleased with the relocation: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on existing partnerships with Wythenshawe Forum Trust, MAE and the library, to support our jobseekers on their customer journeys under the ‘Forum Opportunities’ umbrella.
Forum Opportunities will be launched formally at a business breakfast and jobs fair on 25 May. Customers and residents will have the opportunity to meet partners, providers and employers, including disability confident employers.