REACH work experience programme
REACH is a six-week free work experience programme for jobseekers aged 18-24 living in Wolverhampton.
Through a combination of hands-on work experience and one-to-one employment support, you’ll develop a range of skills that employers value, and your new CV and confident interview skills will help you to seal the deal!
How long is the REACH programme?
The programme runs over six consecutive weeks and requires a commitment of three days each week. You’ll be on a placement for two days a week in the business and one day a week with our Learning & Development team.
What are the benefits of doing REACH?
You’ll experience work with different teams and departments within Wolverhampton Homes or with one of our partners in the city. So you’ll develop an understanding of different types of roles and the skills which are important for each one. For example, customer service, administration, data analysis, communications and marketing, and human resources. The programme will see you gaining hands-on experience which will allow you to apply your newly acquired skills, develop confidence, and make meaningful contributions.
Alongside the business placement, you’ll spend one day each week with an employment coach. They’ll support you with identifying your skills and CV writing, finding and applying for jobs, mock interviews with feedback and other one-to-one advice and guidance.
You'll also receive a free Chromebook laptop when you successfully complete the programme to support you with your jobsearch.
Hear from Shaun, who completed REACH in 2023.
What happens when I finish?
On completion of REACH, you’ll have an up-to-date CV ready to use and our employment coaches will have given you advice and tips on how to search and apply for jobs. You’ll have completed at least one mock interview, so you’ll know what to expect and understand what employers are looking for from the interview process.
You’ll receive a completion certificate and can quote Wolverhampton Homes as a reference on future job applications. We’ll be able to confirm you attended, were reliable and punctual and participated fully in the course, to provide assurance to an employer and give you the best chance of success with the jobs you apply for.
Am I eligible?
REACH is only open to job seekers who can answer 'yes' to all of the following:
- I am aged 18-24
- I live in Wolverhampton
- I am unemployed, in adult education or on a zero hours contract