New partnership for employment and skills at the Forum

Facilities at the Forum Centre are set to grow further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the Forum Learning campus. Job Centre Plus (JCP) will be located on the ground floor and is set to open in the spring of 2018.

DWP is continuing to merge staff and facilities from smaller centres into larger spaces. The Forum Centre relocation ensures that jobseekers are not inconvenienced by the need to travel out of area, and can take advantage of an accessible venue with other facilities on site.

The Manchester College has now consolidated delivery of local training from its Wythenshawe and Northenden campuses, but Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) will continue to deliver education and skills on site, and will work in partnership with the job centre.

MAES 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 MAES said:

“In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAES courses make their lives better. MAES 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.”

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 MAES, 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.”