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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National Apprenticeship Week 2021
Celebrate your apprentices and apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 which will take place between 8 and 14 February 2021.
The theme for this year's week is 'build the future', with the aim for the campaign to encourage employers to celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that apprenticeships bring, and how they can help individuals and employers build their future. This year is the fourteenth National Apprenticeship Week.
Get involved on Twitter using the hashtags #NAW2021 and #BuildTheFuture or follow the accounts @Apprenticeships and @FireItUp_Apps.
If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice, please contact a member of the Elevate Team.
Activate Learning Courses, February 2021
Please click on the following link to see the on-line courses that Activate Learning are providing in January: Activate Learning courses
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
SMART Wokingham offers free and confidential support for residents of Wokingham who are affected by drug or alcohol use. They are currently offering LIVE CHAT for young people here in Wokingham:
It's week two of 'LIVE CHAT' for young people!
WHAT IS LIVE CHAT?
LIVE CHAT is a free online service for young people (living or going to school in Wokingham) to ask our team anything to do with drugs and alcohol.
WHEN IS LIVE CHAT?
LIVE CHAT is available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2pm-4pm. This is currently a trial and will run until (and including) Wednesday 23rd December.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
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.
How can I get help?
This service is available here: www.smartcjs.org.uk/wokingham-live-chat .
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.
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 February:
Positive steps to employment - every Tuesday in February
Kickstart - 10th February
Apprenticeship awareness - 8th February
Be your own boss - 24th February
Adult Social Care - 3 events: Young people focus, Lone parent focus , 50 Plus focus
Public Sector SWAP 3&4th Feb
Executive Job Club 8th February Chat with Talent Acquisition Manager
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
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.
Adviza / Prince's Trust - TEAM Programme
The Prince's Trust, in partnership with Adviza are running a brand new 12 week course starting on Monday 25th January 2021 in Bracknell
• 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 are interested and would like further information please contact Charmian, Kully or David here at Elevate Wokingham (contact details above).