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.

 

If you would like to sign up to receive an Elevate E-Newsletter, please click on the following link: Click here to sign up to our Elevate e-newsletter

Looking for a Career in Adult Social Care?

 

Are you considering a career in Adult Social Care? Why not click on this link to gather more information about working in social care: every day is different .

You can also talk to one of the team here at Elevate.

 

National Careers Week 2021

Next week is National Careers Week 2021 (1st - 6th March).

A celebration of careers guidance with a virtual Careers Fair and lots of exciting resources to explore.

For more information, please click on this link:national careers week

If you need any advice or guidance, please contact Charmian, Kully or David on the contact details above - we are here to help you.

 

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 11th of March, from 2pm-3pm

Where: Microsoft Teams

Get into Programme - Employability

The Prince's Trust are offering a free one week virtual programme for young people who want to improve their employability skills and employment opportunities. A one week virtual training programme with a range of employability skill sessions that will help you to improve your interview and CV writing skills to boost your confidence, learn about job opportunities, improve your communication skills, learn about effective teamwork, receive six months' ongoing support after the programme to help you find a job.

Qualifications are not essential. Please download poster here: employability poster

When: Monday 22 March to Friday 26th March 2021. You must be available for the full week.

Where: Virtual delivery

If you are interested in joining this programme, please contact a member of the team here at Elevate.

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 8th March (Group Induction)

Where: Microsoft Teams

Get Started in Health and Fitness (16-30)

A 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.

When: Taster Day is on Wednesday 11th March

Main Programme: Monday 15th March– Friday 19th March

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.

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

Where: Pan London -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.

 

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.

 

SMART Wokingham

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?

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 March:

Executive Job Club - Be your Own Boss - 8th March

Transferable Skills - 9th March

Kickstart - 10th March

Turn an interview into a job offer - 16th March

Transferable skills - 23rd March

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

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.