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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Festival of Digital Disruption 18th - 22nd October
‘Now in its seventh year the aim of the week is to inspire those who haven’t considered careers in creative, digital and tech that they are awesome’
They are hoping to open your eyes to the amazing people who have either built businesses, work for inspiring businesses or changed career by a series of vuirtual presentations:
18/10 – To Code or Not to Code
19/10 – Start up stories with inspirational speakers
20/10- Tech for Good
21/10 – Creative & Careers
22/10 – Young Creative Launch
Please talk to a member of our team and then you can gain more information from this link:
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!
Paid Civil Service Care leavers Internships Scheme 2021
The Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme will be opening for applications on 27 August 2021 and will close its window on 27 September 2021
The scheme provides care leavers with the opportunity to apply for ring-fenced 12-month paid internships in the Civil Service.
This will be the fourth year that the scheme is being run across Government. The internships provide exciting opportunities which enable care leavers to experience working in central Government. The aim of the internships is to help them to develop skills and competencies which we hope will strengthen their career prospects for the longer term.
The internships will be hosted across various Government Departments and agencies, which have offices in locations across England, Scotland and Wales. We will share the locations for these roles once they are finalised by the various participating Government departments and agencies, and further information will also be available at Civil Service job search - Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK
No qualifications are required to apply for the internships, but applicants must be a care leaver aged between 18-30 years old. Successful applicants will be asked to confirm their care leaver status (e.g., through a letter from their local authority Personal Adviser, other officer from their local authority, or a named contact in their supporting organisation).
The internships will be offered at two levels: Administrative Officer (typical salary £18,000per annum) or Executive Officer (typical salary £22,000 per annum). London salaries may be higher. Those who apply for the Executive Officer role may be considered for the Administrative Officer role if unsuccessful with their EO application.
- Administrative Officers (AOs) provide administrative support whilst working within a team structure, and do not have line management responsibilities.
- Executive Officers (EOs) are typically involved in problem solving, business planning and policy making within Government, usually working within a supportive team structure, under the direction of relevant team leaders. EOs can also hold individual responsibility for pieces of work within a programme or project.
An online application system will be used, which will open for applications on Friday 27 August 2021 and will close at 23:55 hours on Friday 24 September 2021
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 23rd September, from 2pm-3pm
Where: Microsoft Teams
Get Into Retail with Marks and Spencer (16-25)
Programme dates: 18th October– 12th November 2021
This is one of our most popular programmes - specifically for NEET young people aged 16-25. Young people are expected to be ready and willing to work with an interest in pursuing a career in retail. Placements are at various locations including Birmingham, Longbridge, Dudley, Stafford, Worcester, Leamington, Aylesbury, Shrewsbury, Tamworth and Oxford. Limited spaces available.
Taster day: 6th October
An online taster day for interested young people to meet the employer and find out more about the programme. It allows M&S and the Prince’s Trust to select the young people most suitable, dedicated and motivated to complete the programme.
Team Programme in Partnership with Adviza (16-25)
We have two Team Programmes starting in the Thames Valley area this month on the 27th September .
What is it? it is a 12-week self-development programme that aims to help YPs into work, training or education, whilst building on personal skills such as confidence and team-working.
Where? Team 2 Bracknell will be running from Ocean House, Bracknell, RG12 1AX. This Team are accepting YPs from Reading also which is a 20-minute train journey.
Get into IT Support with Google (18-30)
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
- IT Security
- 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: July 2021
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.
Are you interested in any of these programmes or activities? If so, please contact one of us here at Elevate for further information.
Elevate Wokingham webinars
The team here at Elevate Wokingham are now starting to produce our own webinars and the first of them has now been published. More webinars will be added in the next few months.
Helping Young people write their first CV - please click on the following link: youtube video
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
WHAT ARE T LEVELS? T Levels are a new qualification choice that follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career you want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course. Drawing on features of the world’s best technical education systems, these 2-year courses have been designed in partnership with employers to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and experience businesses need so they are ready to get good jobs when they qualify.
WHAT DO T LEVELS INCLUDE? T Levels combine classroom learning, practical skills development and a substantial industry placement and will support progression into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or into further related study. Each T Level begins with core theory, concepts and skills relating to an industry or skill area and students will then be able to choose one or more occupational specialism(s).
There is a Student Activity Pack, which you can use if you are considering applying for a T-Level - the link for this can be found here: T-Level Student Activity Pack
How do you apply? Students need to apply directly to the provider, but please talk to a member of the Elevate Team first.
The T Level website www.tlevels.gov.uk/students/find has links to all providers offering T Levels starting in September 2020 and 2021. The website will be updated as more T Levels are rolled out.
There is also a video which you can watch before making a decision: What are T-Levels?
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.
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. (page updated 17/06/2021).
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.
- 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.