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26th Feb 2014

Young people who are not currently in work, education or training can take a positive step towards their future by joining an exciting project run by Adviza.  Positive Directions is part of the Youth Contract, a Government funded programme for 16 and 17 year olds aimed at supporting them into education, training or a job with training. Working in partnership with Skills Training UK, Adviza delivers the project to young people living in Wokingham, Bracknell, Reading and Buckinghamshire.

Positive Directions is open to young people aged 16 and 17 who are NEET (not in employment, education or training) and have fewer than two GCSEs at grade C. To help them overcome their barriers and achieve their full potential, young people are given extra help in the form of:

  • Personal one-to-one support from a dedicated mentor
  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Opportunities to help them move into education, training, employment with training or apprenticeships.

Mentor support can typically take the form of regular one-to-one contacts, accompanying the young person to important events such as college open days, job fairs and interviews, and mediation on the young person’s behalf with school/college or employer.   Support can be provided for up to a year which means that, crucially, once a young person has accessed employment, education or training they can be helped to sustain it.

Young offenders and looked after children can access the service even if they achieve more than two Cs at GCSE.  

If you would like to take part, or know any 16-17 year olds who would benefit from this project, please contact the centre nearest to you:

Bracknell Connexions Centre
Tel: 0845 408 5008 Email:

Wokingham Youth Centre
Tel: 0845 408 5014 Email:

Reading Connexions Centre
Tel: 0845 408 5004 Email:

Aylesbury Connexions Centre
Tel: 0845 217 1366 Email:

High Wycombe Connexions Centre
Tel: 0845 217 1368 Email:


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