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15th May 2014

Adviza has just launched a survey in West Berkshire as part of the Government’s City Deals programme.  On behalf of West Berkshire Futures, the charity is leading a project to research local employers of young people (aged 16 – 24) to find out about their workforce, recruitment and selection processes and what training they offer their staff. The aim of the survey is to increase employment opportunities and boost local businesses to give them the support they need.

In October 2013, The Cabinet Office agreed a Thames Valley Berkshire City Deal that will see local leaders given the powers and levers to deliver growth and jobs in their communities. The West Berkshire approach for this programme is to invest in business to support employment with accredited training and apprenticeships over the next 3 years. This will aid in up-skilling the local workforce aged 16-24 - bring them additional skills and training, but also investing in the future of your business.

Lucy Bent from Adviza said “We’re keen to hear from any companies in the area who employ young people aged 16-24 and from young people who are unemployed, are employed on a part time basis, or are employed but do not receive training.  

"This information is crucial in targeting the available funding to ensure an increased uptake of jobs with accredited training over the next 3 years, to support more young people into apprenticeships, and to be able to offer a comprehensive range of traineeships and work experience placements through West Berkshire Futures.”

West Berkshire Executive Councillor for Economic Development, Alan Law, added: “West Berkshire has a youth skills issue more than an unemployment issue. This government sponsored scheme gives us an excellent opportunity to develop training for young people already in the workplace.  The bonus for local businesses is that their employees improve their skills and that brings benefits all round.”

Businesses wishing to take part in the survey should click here
Young people can take part in the survey by clicking here

Find out more about the West Berkshire Futures programme, or City Deals in the broader Thames Valley Berkshire area here.

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