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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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 17rth June, from 2pm-3pm
Where: Microsoft Teams
Get into Security with Triforce (18 - 30) (Thames Valley)
Gain insight into working in the Security Industry with this two week in person programme! Gain Level 2 Qualification relevant to working in Security Industry / Door Staff, a FREE SIA Badge and first aid qualification, plus employability suupport and much more!
This opportunity is in Reading and will be taking place via face to face delivery, all travel expenses and lunch will be provided whilst on programme.
Taster Day: Wednesday 2nd June
Main Programme: Monday 7th - Friday 18th June
Where: Reading (in person)
If you are interested in this programme, please contact a membert of the team and we can refer you.
Get Into Data Engineering
Data is one of the fastest growing areas in tech. With career paths leading to AI, machine learning and Big Data, now is a great time to join the industry.
Over 12 weeks, we teach you the skills to become a junior data engineer and connect you wiht hiring employers after graduating. You will also receiver 1:1 mentorship from the Prince's Trust to support you and guide your transition into work.
Main programme: starts on 28th June for 12 weeks full time
For more information, please contact a member of the team.
Get Started: Game Design
An exciting opportunity to learn more about digital design and development within the gaming industry!
Taster Day: Wednesday, 2nd June
Main Programme: Monday 7th - Friday 11th June
Get Started in Graphic Design (18-30)
[Please note, this programme is open to young people within Thames Valley who would be willing to travel to the mentioned location]
Prince’s Trust and Makerversity are offering a FREE one-week Product Design programme for young people aged 18-30 who are not in education, employment or training. On the programme you will have the opportunity to design, create and manufacture your own unique products using a range of technical methods and state of the art equipment. You will work on a group challenge and have the opportunity to showcase your work at Somerset House at an end of programme celebration. You will also have the chance to improve your skills in confidence, communication and teamwork. Join us on this 5 day programme with practical workshops led by a range of graphic designers.
This is subject to change following COVID-19 Guidelines.
Taster Day: Tuesday 22nd June
Main Programme: Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July
Where: Makerversity at Somerset House
Get into IT Support with Google (16-30)
Join our e-learning Get Into IT Support programme, in partnership with Google, which will offer you the chance to receive the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and start a career in IT Support.
On the e-learning certificate programme which is hosted on Coursera platform, you will gain in-depth training in:
Technical Support Fundamentals
The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
Boost your confidence, interview skills and CV
By joining the programme you will also get the opportunity to meet and interview with some exciting Tech companies at our upcoming Get Hired in Tech event!
Taster Day: w/c Monday 21th June
Get Started with London Zoo
Join us at London Zoo to learn about and design an ethical animal enclosure! You'll learn from the experts about the different elements of an animal enclosure that should be considered and work together to create a design for the Zoo!
Taster Day: 30th June 2021
Programme: 5-9 July. 10am to 3pm
Location: Virtual Programme
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 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 10th May (Group Induction)
Where: Microsoft Teams
Are you interested in any of these programmes or activities? If so, please contact one of us here at Elevate for further information.
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
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?
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.
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
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/May:
Kickstart your future: how to access vacancies, assess your skills, make winning applications and improve your chances of success:
Wednesday, 12th May
Wednesday, 26th May
Successful Job Search after Lockdown:
Tuesday, 4th May at 10.30am
Tuesday 18th May at 10.30am
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
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.
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
Salary: Up to £10,689 for 25 hours per week
Location: Multiple locations around Wokingham
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.