Please have a look around our website, where you will find a range of resources including details of local job/apprenticeship vacancies and information to help you explore your options after school/college, along with resources linked to both career and education choices.

You will also find details below of recent news and updates, along with courses, programmes and vacancies that may be coming up very soon and so please check for any closing dates if you are interested.

 

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New Apprenticeship vacancy with the NEET Prevention and Adult Education Team:

Apprentice Tracker

Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
Salary: £17,842 - £18,198 per annum
Location: Shute End/Home Working
Contract: Temporary
Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 26/04/2021 at 23:00 PM
Reference: 710455

The NEET Prevention Team works with young people 16-18 and up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs to support them to engage in employment, education or training.  This includes offering individual careers guidance and support, supporting young people to complete CVs and application forms and confirming the destinations of young people.  

The Adult Education team is responsible for delivering a range of short adult education courses across the borough.

We are looking to strengthen the team by recruiting an apprentice tracker who will take responsibility for  contacting young people and learners using a variety of methods including phone, email and social media  to confirm their employment status and record outcomes on a database.  you will also offer information and support to young people, while referring those in need of additional support to colleagues.

you will undertake a level 2 apprenticeship in Customer Service 

The successful candidate will have 

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Good standard of written skills
  • Genuine interest in providing excellent customer service 
  • An interest in working with young people.

For an informal discussion please contact Charmian Shute, Team Leader. Tel 07710 117 650

Prince's Trust Courses

Welcome Session (16-30)

Fortnightly welcome sessions for young people who want to find out more information about The Prince’s Trust and our opportunities. These will be held through Microsoft Teams in a video conference format. Young people can watch the presentation and get involved as much as they want. Afterwards, a staff member will follow up 1:1 and progress them onto our programmes.

When: Thursday 22nd April, from 2pm-3pm

Where: Microsoft Teams

 

Get Started in Health and Fitness (16 - 30) (Thames Valley)

Virtual one week fitness programme learning from person trainer Luke Hayter. Expect to sweat and learn about a career in the fitness industry. No prior experience or knowledge necessary.

Taster Day: Wednesday 21st April 1pm-2pm

Main Programme: Monday 26th April– Friday 30th April

Where: Virtual Delivery

 

Explore Enterprise (16 – 17)

Our one-off two day Explore Enterprise programme for 16 – 17 year olds will cover everything you need to give you an insight into the world of enterprise and what is to be expected.

Main Programme: Tuesday 30th March – Wednesday 31st March   

Where: Virtual Delivery 

 

Get Started in Podcasting (16-30)
Are you interested in developing your skills & confidence in presenting and hosting a podcast? During this one week virtual programme you will explore presenting styles and techniques and understand how to produce, platform and promote a podcast. By the end of the week you will develop and record one episode of a presenter-led podcast.

Taster Day: Tuesday 13th April

Main Programme: Monday 19th April – Friday 23rd April

Where: Virtual Delivery 

 

Get Started in Dance (Age 16 - 25)

Virtual one week dance project. Street and contemporary dance techniques.

Create your own dance performance

No prior experience or knowledge necessary.

Taster day: 20th April

Main Programme: 26th - 30th April

Where: Virtual delivery

 

Get Started with Health & Social Care (18 - 30)

Are you interested in a career in the Health & Social Care sector? Join our  3-day employability programme and take part in live video interviews for entry-level Helath & Social Care roles!

Taster day: Friday, 23rd April

Main programme: Tuesday 27th - Thursday 29th April

 

Achieve (16 - 25)

The Achieve programme aims to create opportunities for young people by helping them to increase their confidence and develop the skills that they need to succeeed in whatever they choose to do next.

Group Induction: ongoing

Where: Virtual delivery

 

Explore (16-25)

Explore is a 5-week personal development programme which offers young people group activities and one-to-one support to help build confidence, get motivated, meet new people and identify and achieve their goals. We also develop employability and independent living skills. Personal development qualifications are available in Interpersonal & Self-management Skills, Participating in Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle, Career Planning, Money Management, and Presentation Skills.

When: Monday 22nd March (Group Induction)

Where: Microsoft Teams

Team Programme:

When you start on the Team programme, you'll uncover your hidden talents, build your self-esteem and improve your confidence. You'll realise there are loads of opportunities for you out there. You'll learn how to work closely with others and come out ready to give your life a kick-start with new skills and qualifications. For more information about this programme, please click on the following link: Team Leaflet

When: Monday 10th May

Where: please contact one of the Elevate Team for more information on this 12 week programme.

 

Explore Enterprise (16 – 17)

Our one-off two day Explore Enterprise programme for 16 – 17 year olds will cover everything you need to give you an insight into the world of enterprise and what is to be expected.

When: Main Programme starts Tuesday 30th March – Wednesday 31st March  

Where: Virtual Delivery 

Are you interested in any of these programmes or activities? If so, please contact one of us here at Elevate for further information.

 

Adviza / Prince's Trust Team

Want to join our Team?

Are you:

  • 16 to 25?
  • Unemployed, looking for a job or waiting to start College?

Do you want to:

  • Gain a qualification?
  • Build your confidence and employment skills?
  • Help your community?
  • Improve your life and work choices?
  • Improve your interview and recruitment skills?
  • Meet new people and enjoy new challenges?

If you answer YES, look into joining the Bracknell Prince's Trust Team!

Start date Monday 10th May 2021

This is a 12 week programme, which does not affect your benefits and is open to young people who want to change their life for the better!

For more information, contact Charmian, Kully or David.

 SAS Data Literacy and Data Analyst Courses

The SAS Step Programme:

Are you considering a career in data literacy or data analytics? SAS (based in Marlow) are offering free access to free e-learning and access to SAS software for a year.

There is an 8 hour data literacy course, which is a basic introduction or the 16 hourr Data Analyst course.

You can see more information about this offer via this link:  The SAS Step Programme

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Charmian, Kully or David for more information.

 

Wokingham Adult Education Courses

 

Eligibility - To access these courses you will need to be a Wokingham resident, be over 19 or older as of 31st August 2020, be a citizen of the EEA  and have been ordinarily resident in the UK/EEA for at least 3 years (NB a number of exemptions also apply, if you are not an EEA citizen please contact us to check your eligibility).

All of these courses are delivered online by our tutors in small groups and available free to Wokingham residents.  For details of Adult Education courses visit our course listing website https://sites.google.com/prod/view/wokingham-acl?id=courses

To book a place on any course, please email adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or call 07785314603.

 

Cranstoun Wokingham

Cranstoun Wokingham delivers the drug & alcohol recovery service for adults here in Wokingham. There is a separate and dedicated service for young people up to the age of 18 (Here4YOUth).

You dont have to come to the service - we can meet you at home, at school, or college - wherever you feel most comfortable, and at a time that is good for you.

We also offer advice, support and guidance for children and young people to cope with someone else's drug or alcohol misuse.

Cranstoun Wokingham can be accessed here: Cranstoun Wokingham

Young people here in Wokingham are frequently exposed to drugs and alcohol. Some of you may already be using substances and need support, while others of you will have questions and might be on the edge of making a decision to drink alcohol or use drugs. There will be many, perhaps like you, trying to deal with another person's drinking or drug taking, especially during these testing times. It's VITAL we reach young people and let you know the truth and facts about substances. The team will be promoting harm reduction and pathways into treatment.

 

Exam results ... what next?

Elevate Flyer 2020 

If you would like to discuss your exam results and look at your next steps with one of our team, then please get in touch!

 

Redundancy Support Service for apprentices:

To support apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, the Redundancy Support Service for Apprenticeships has been introduced on 1st August.

The service will provide advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options and next steps. They will also help redundant apprentices to identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and, where you are eligible, complete your current apprenticeship.

The service is made up of three main elements:

     .  Providing apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy

     .  Signposting apprentices to local and national support services

     .  An apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities

An employer who would like to recruit a redundant apprentice or offer new apprenticeship opportunities should visit the website: web link or call 0800 150 600.

Apprentices should visit the website: web link or call 0800 150 400. 

Work for the Census 2021

Search for a range of jobs to help make the Census 2010 a success - find vacancies here: Census2021

Looking for On-Line resources whilst we are under lockdown?

Please see the attached document for information covering a wide range of support for young people and parents, including free, on-line courses, education resources for home schooling and links to support for health and wellbeing during the current situation we face:   useful resources

Modern Apprenticeship Programme

Microsoft has just launched it’s Apprentice Programme - you will need to be 16 by the time you start (Oct 12th) to be eligible.

Applications to their 2020 Apprentice Programme are now open. They will be going to market with their technical and finance related roles first with business related to follow shortly after. Whatever you’re good at, whatever your interests, they hire for both technical and business-related roles, so there’s something for everyone. And they are sure that, once you’ve experienced such a unique working environment and development within the company, you’ll be ready to create the future you want.

For a full overview and LinkedIn post, please use the following link: microsoft apprenticeships

 

Covid19 - Looking after yourself

There is some useful information for adults here:  Support guidance 

 

Activate Learning Employability Courses

Activate Learning run various employability courses and details can be found on the Education page and also via this link:  Activate learning on line courses

Please contact us if you would like any further information.

 

National Careers Service Webinars

The National Careers Service are offering the following webinars in April:

Executive Job Club - Effective Networking webinar - 12th April

Successful Job Search after Lockdown - 13th & 27th April from 10.30 am to 12

Virtual Social Care Event - 21st April at 11am

For further information, please contact one of the team here at Elevate.

 

College Virtual Open Days 2021

Are you thinking about starting College in September and want to find out more about what the local Colleges are like and what courses they are going to be offering? Why not join them on one of their virtual open days:  college open days 2021

 

Smart Works

Have you got an interview? Need a high-quality interview outfit? Do you need coaching to help land the job?

Smart Works Reading can help you with all of this and they are just preparing for face to face meetings to restart again. This is a dressing service for unemployed females - contact one of the team here and we can arrange a referal for you.

 

Mapis - Suit2Go

Suit2go is a dressing service for unemployed men that gives participants the opportunity to go into a job interview feeling more confident - with a new, carefully selected outfit followed by advice on how to answer the questions.

Conatct a memebr of the team here if you are interested and we can arrange a referral for you.

NEW - Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor in the Summer, and expects to offer hundreds of thousands of job opportunities over the next few years.

The Scheme involves a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for you to get experience of working in one of the UK’s most exciting companies. Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme will be open to people 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. The first jobs should be available from November, so not long to wait.

If you are interested in this scheme and/or other employment or training opportunities then please contact The Elevate team to find out more.

Kickstart Placement at Wokingham Borough Council

Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
Salary: Up to £10,689 for 25 hours per week
Location: Multiple locations around Wokingham
Contract: Contract
Working Pattern: Part Time
Hours: 25 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 31/12/2021 at 23:55 PM

We are delighted to be offering some great Kickstart placement opportunities here at Wokingham Borough Council. Each job placement will support successful applicants to build their confidence, gain hands-on paid experience in a real workplace, and learn important transferable skills.

During your six month placement you will receive comprehensive training across a number of areas, including developing your CV, career guidance and training specific to the role to enable a successful placement.

If you are interested in a placement with Wokingham Borough Council, you must be registered with Jobcentre Plus and claiming Universal Credit. We are only able to accept applications from individuals who have been referred by their Work Coaches.  

If you have any queries, please contact HRchange@wokingham.gov.uk, or contact one of the team here at Elevate.