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The Job Shop joins West Orchards

Job Shop comes West Orchards

As part of the city centre south developments, Coventry City Council’s Job Shop will be moving to its new home next week and opening to the public on Wednesday 27 March.

The Job Shop will be relocating to a new unit in West Orchards, next to the Iceland store inside West Orchards Shopping Centre. This move is being funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in agreement with the West Midlands Combined Authority. Its current home in the Bull Yard will close its doors for good on Friday 22 March.

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Coventry City Council said: “The Job Shop has had such a positive impact on Coventry residents over the years. The wide range of support available and the excellent standards of coaching and practical advice has already made a huge difference to so many people’s lives. These services have helped our city’s residents find employment or training, progress their careers and improve their wellbeing.

“Everyone involved has done an amazing job, and I know that at the new site, they will continue to do so. I’m excited to watch The Job Shop flourish in its new, convenient location”.

The Job Shop first opened in Hertford Street in March 2012 as part of Coventry City Council’s Jobs Strategy to help local people find work and after proving a huge success it found the need to move to bigger premises in the Bull Yard in 2013.

On Monday 2 January 2023, the Job Shop celebrated its 10-year anniversary at its current home in the Bull Yard. Since that time, more than 60,000 Coventry residents have registered and the team has supported almost 15,000 people into employment, whilst working with 200 businesses each year to support their recruitment.

The Job Shop work with partners across the city and their Employer Hub actively works with employers to create opportunities for local people. The team offer support in the search for employment, training, apprenticeships and work placements.

Customers can gain exclusive access to a wide range of local vacancies that are regularly updated and access training opportunities. The Job Shop offers warm, friendly, helpful advice from a skilled team: from having your CV reviewed to getting support with transport costs and all things work-related.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change at Coventry City Council said: “The Job Shop has provided brilliant services to thousands of local people over the last ten plus years supporting people into work and training.

“Being based in the city centre is really important – making it no more than a short bus journey away for people, wherever they live in the city.

“Having a job really changes lives for the better so the services the Job Shop provide are vital and valued and I am sure it will thrive in its new location.”

Keep up to date with more news on the Job Shop’s relocation by following:

@CoventryJobShop on Facebook or @covjobsupport on X.