THE FIRST Stop bus will be out and about around West Reading during March with Elevate Reading to promote a new travelling Job Club.
The travelling job club, primarily aimed at young people aged 16-24, will offer advice and support, covering CV writing, provide access to a job coach, offering mock interviews, local job market information and linking young people with mentors.
As well as Elevate Reading, a number of other organisations are providing a presence on the bus to offer advice, information and signposting to services. This includes council officers offering welfare and housing advice, alcohol awareness, scam avoidance and debt advice signposting. Representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will offer advice on universal credit and volunteers from the Mustard Tree (a local charity) will also be on the bus.
Whilst the aim is to target young people aged 16-24 and raise awareness of the opportunities available in Reading, everyone in the community is welcome to drop by the bus.
The travelling job club launches on Wednesday 1st March by Tesco Extra, Portman road, Reading West, between 1.30 and 4.30pm.
Further dates and locations include:
- Wednesday 15th March at Prospect Park, Liebenrood Rd, Reading RG30 2ND between 1.30 and 4.30pm
- Wednesday 29th March at Southcote Library, Coronation Square between 1.30 and 4.30pm
Further dates and locations will be confirmed soon.
Jo Lovelock, Leader of Reading Borough Council, said:
“The travelling job club is a fantastic way to reach out to young people and help them exploit the employment opportunities that are available. I’m pleased we’ve been able to support the project with the use of the FIRST Stop Bus and through council officers offering a range of signposting and advice. Even if you are not within the 16-24 age group, you are welcome to hop on the bus and see what is available.”
Nigel Horton-Baker, executive director of Reading UK CIC, said:
“This is an exciting project for Elevate Reading and I’m pleased we’ve been able to bring together so many partners in one location, to deliver much better pathways for young people into better skills, job opportunities and education.”
The Elevate project is funded through the European Social Fund and brings together partners from private, public and third sector agencies to support young people aged 16-24 into employment or training. Local organisations supporting Elevate include Reading Borough Council (the Elevate Berkshire Accountable Body), Reading CIC, Adviza, Connect Reading, New Directions, Reading Refocus, The Mustard Tree, Reading Mencap, Ways Into Work and Graft.
Notes to Editors
Photo opportunity: There is a photo call at 2pm by the First Stop Bus on Wednesday 1st March with representatives from Elevate Reading and supporting organisations.
Elevate aims to address the skills gap, unemployment and underemployment of Reading’s 16-24 year old population. Elevate is a catalyst to provide high quality, personalised advice and support to the hardest to reach young people, giving the real opportunity to undertake the right training, improve their skills, find an apprenticeship or get a job.