Help finding work
The following council teams and organisations help unemployed people to find work.
Click on the links for more details of how they can help if you're looking for a job.
You can also find help and advice on finding a job on the DirectGov website.
Think Sandwell Area Employment Team
The Think Sandwell team advertises job vacancies for private and voluntary sector employers in Sandwell and around the Black Country.
They also offer advice and support for people looking for work, as well as helping people to find apprenticeships.
Connexions Sandwell is a support service for young people aged 13 to 19 (or up to the age of 25 for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).
Connexions offers career information, advice, guidance and practical help about education, training and employment.
Specialist Employability Support
Specialist Employability Support (SES) is a government employment programme that provides support to people with disabilities and health conditions who face complex barriers to finding paid employment.
SES is delivered in the Black Country by Shaw Trust in partnerships with Sandwell Council. You can be referred to the SES programme via the Work Coach at your local Job Centre.
For more information call 0121 569 5981.
Work Choice is a government employment programme that provides support to people with disabilities and mental health conditions who like to find and stay in work.
Work Choice is being delivered in the Black Country by Advance in partnership with Sandwell Council. Referrals to Work Choice closed on 1 December 2017.
For more information, please call us on 0121 569 5981
Think Sandwell Specialist Employment Team
The Think Sandwell Specialist Employment team provides support to unemployed residents who have experienced mental health conditions and would like to find or return to work but need additional support to do so.
To access this service you must be looking to return to work within the next 12 months and be motivated and willing to participate, and independent enough to access training, job club, work placements and regular reviews with your employment broker.
For more information, please call us on 0121 569 5563.
Think Sandwell Retention Service
The Think Sandwell Retention Service provides support to businesses to help them and their employees who are absent from work because of a mental health condition, to make a successful and sustainable return to work.
Support is provided by a Job Retention Officer who is an experienced and qualified mental health professional. The Job Retention Officer identifies the barriers and the nature of the problems through comprehensive assessment and provides support to both the employer and the employee to facilitate a smooth and timely return to work.
For more information, please call us on 0121 569 5563