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Helping businesses connect with talent

West Berkshire has an economically active rate of 86.7% for people between the ages of 16-64, around 10% higher than the England average. This means that there are many skilled people in the area to suit a range of roles for companies based in the district.

We work closely with local training providers to ensure that the high demand that is currently seen in the job market can be matched with the talent we have in the district.

West Berkshire Training Consortium

West Berkshire Training Consortium is the training provider for young people entering the workplace. They offer Apprenticeships and Traineeships to help young people take that first step into their careers. If you are a business looking to attract great young talent into your workforce then reach out to them to learn about the current support they offer.

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Newbury College

Advertise your role with Newbury College. The college and new university centre has a varied course selection suitable for young people and adults alike. They focus on professional development and building a career for their students. They offer support to businesses looking to partner with them to deliver training to young people for the skills that companies are looking for.

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Berkshire Opportunities 

Berkshire Opportunities is a part of the Local Enterprise Network focusing on skills and training within the Berkshire area. They advertise vacancies from across Berkshire on their website and will work with employers to promote vacancies to align up to the right candidate.

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Job Centre Plus

We work closely with the job centre to actively place people with the right skills into the right job. Recently we have seen success with the roll out of the Kickstart campaign, where the government has funded companies to take on a young person to work and learn for 6 months. This has had great success with many 16-24 year olds enrolled and working in a Kickstart position.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

If you're a business taking on an apprentice for the first time, you can apply online for grants to cover training costs.
The grant is offered by the National Apprenticeship Service - their website also offers further information on apprenticeships and traineeships, along with details about the latest vacancies.

Business mentoring and work placements

The West Berkshire Education Business Partnership is a key organisation working with employers and schools to find work placements for young people. If your business is interested in offering work placements, please contact them directly