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Young People

Careers, Employment & Training 

National Careers Service 
The National Careers Service aims to help adults and young people identify job opportunities determine learning goals and select the training provider that best meets their needs by providing resources including online services and tools. Users of the service will will also be able to access professional careers advice by web-chat or over the telephone, to help them make the right choices and acquire the skills they need to succeed in life and work. Adults over 19 will have access to face-to-face careers advice at a wide range of locations in the community. Tel: 0800 100 900 

Adviza (formerly Connexions)

Adviza is a support service for all young people aged 13-19 (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities). Adviza has been designed to bring together all the services and support young people need during their teenage years. Every young person has access to a  Personal Adviser (or PA), for some this may be just for careers advice, for others it may involve more in-depth support to help identify barriers to learning and personal development. PAs give professional and confidential advice on a range of subjects from careers and education to drug abuse, homelessness and teenage pregnancy. Adviza works in a range of settings: Adviza Centres, schools, colleges, community centres and on an out-reach basis.

Elevate Me (Reading)
Elevate Me is an online service for 16-24 year olds in Reading to get help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring. Elevate Me

Reading Job Centre Plus 
Reading Job Centre Plus, Adelphi House, Friar Street, City Centre, Reading RG1 1HD; Tel: 0845 606 0234; 

New Directions 
New Directions is the learning and employment service for Reading Borough Council. There are three centres across Reading. New Directions Reading

The Prince’s Trust
The Prince's Trust supports 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The Prince's Trust can help you in a number of ways, including free training courses, brand new experiences, support, mentoring and finance. Prince's Trust

People plus
Are you looking to find work but don't know where to start? Do you need some help with improving your skills? Join People Plus (formerly mya4e, and they will take you through the steps you need to find the job you want. You will have a personal mentor and specialised training, and you'll get help with finding a job you want. Contact your local JobCentre Plus or visit People Plus for more information.

Young Mums To Be Training Programme 
Young Mums To Be is running a training programme for pregnant teenage learners (up to the age of 19) and their partners. You will learn skills to help you prepare for a new life as parents and look to the future by considering returning to education, employment and training. Sue Blackwood 07921 403349 YMTB Training

Financial Assistance

Support for starting a business ~  the Princes Trust offers support, advice and funding to young people 18 to 30 years to set up in business.

Care to Learn Grant and information on other possible financial help for students please visit. Further & Higher Education ~ Advice & Guidance Page

The Reading Services Guide includes the Reading Youth website, click here for more information.