Wolverhampton Learning Platform (WLP) is a registered partnership of 5 Wolverhampton voluntary sector organisations providing complimentary and cross-referral welfare to work services. WLP was established as a partnership in 2011 and was registered as a Community Interest Company in 2014.
The establishment of WLP was in response to an identified need for active engagement and stronger partnership working to meet the learning and employability needs of local residents in deprived areas of Wolverhampton. Working in partnership has enabled WLP partners to have wider geographical coverage across the City and improved reach into deprived neighbourhoods providing additional support and opportunities for cross referrals. Jointly, partners support in excess of 3000 Clients each year, supported by more than 100 volunteers.
The mission of WLP is to ’maximise the potential of local residents and enhance the social well-being and economic prosperity of the community by making the most of our combined efforts.’
Members of WLP include:
WLP partners jointly employ the highest number of qualified Employment support advisors in the City. WLP targets and supports unemployed disadvantaged communities across the City working together with a coordinated approach to provide high quality and reliable employability and skills training to address needs and aspirations and work with beneficiaries to address their barriers to work.
WLP aims are to:
· Reduce unemployment across Wolverhampton
· Provide a coherent and accessible advice and guidance service
· Promote equality of opportunity
· Improve skills levels and employability
· Encourage partnership working between employers and statutory and voluntary sectors
All WLP partners are Matrix quality standard accredited with a long and successful history of delivering welfare to work activities. Partner activities to support beneficiaries include providing intensive support in welcoming and non-threatening environments to help beneficiaries address barriers to work.