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Reading Borough Council,
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Reading, RG1 7AE
Tel: 0118 937 37 37
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  Employment, Training and Education (ETE)


Click here for information for young people

Click here for Job Opportunities
Click here for details of Apprenticeships

Looking for a job? Need to make a claim?

18 -24 YEARS OLD?
Want to be more attractive to an employer?
Wage incentive may be for you !!
Download the QR Code flyer

New guide on Back to Work schemes for jobseekers

Jobseekers Allowance back to work scheme

Work Fit programme for lone parents wanting to get back to work

Join the Work Fit programme to receive assistance with your job search, build confidence and get fit at the same time.
For more details: Contact your JCP Adviser
View the flyer

Changes at Reading Job Centre

Digital Job Centre

Job Centre Plus positive support

An outline of the help available from Job Centre Plus.
For more details: View the flyer

Learning for Work Guide

New Directions have produced a Learning for Work Guide as a resource to grow skills or for a change in career.
Topics covered include: Teacher Training; IT User Skills; Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG); Youth Work; Working With Parents & Families; Supported Teaching & Learning in Schools; Children & Young People’s Workforce; Childminding/ Caring for Children; Customer Service; Business Administration; Assessing & Internal Quality Assurance; Fashion and British Sign Language (BSL).
View the Learning for Work Guide

FREE Careers advice and CV review sessions

Drop-in sessions providing help with developing your CV, identifying skills, job seaches, money and debt advice.
When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays in the month, 1pm-3pm
Where: St Birinus Church, Empress Road, Calcot, RG31 4XR
For further details: Contact the National Careers Service, Tel: 0800 1954 700
Download the Drop In leaflet

National Careers Service: Career Advice ‘App’

The National Careers Service has just launched a new application (‘app’) called Career Advice, for Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. The app makes it easier for people to access careers advice and make informed decisions on learning, training and work opportunities, and finding and organising job searches while on the move.

The Career Advice app provides learning and work-related information, including an interactive careers toolkit to help you develop a CV, search for work, prepare for an interview and more.

You can download the app free from Google Play for Android users and from the Apple Store for Apple customers.
If you have any questions, please visit the National Careers Service website.

EHRC have published guidance for jobseekers on Pre-employment Questionnaires here:

Reading Community Learning Centre

Download the RCLC leaflet

Progress! The Go Further Programme

Introduction for Local Authorities and your local partner agencies
Download the Progress! brochure for full details.

Job Centre Plus: Changes to the sanction regime for Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment & Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)

Download the Changes to the sanctions regime information sheet for full details about these changes.

Reading Labour Market Newsletter

For the latest news, developments, apprenticeships etc
Download the February 2014 Newsletter
Download the December 2013 Newsletter

Job Centre Plus Reading Newsletter December 2013

Download the latest December Newsletter

Job Centre Plus Southern England Group News

Download the July 2013 Newsletter
Download the latest newsletter


The monthly e-zine produced by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).
The latest edition of Touchbase has been published on the DWP website
Download the January 2014 edition of Touchbase
Download the February 2014 edition of Touchbase

Reading Community Learning Centre

The Centre runs a small programme of courses for women who may not feel confident about learning. Courses are informal and fun, giving you a chance to make friends and enjoy learning in a centre that welcomes people from all cultures and religions. Courses include English Conversation classes, Improvers IT, Knitting Club, Sewing Skills, Looking Good, Feeling Good and Improve Your Reading & Writing.
For further details: Contact Shaheen Kauser, Reading Community Learning Centre, 10 Eaton Place, Reading, RG1 7LP Tel: 0118 959 5455, Email:

Introduction to Universal Jobmatch

On 19 November 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched Universal Jobmatch – a free online job posting and matching service. This new online service will improve recruitment service for both companies and jobseekers by speeding up the recruitment process, making it quicker and easier for companies to find suitable jobseekers. Anyone looking for work is able to set up an account and create a CV or upload CVs they already have. The new technology automatically matches their CVs and skills to suitable jobs that are posted by companies on the new service.

Universal Jobmatch replaces Jobcentre Plus vacancy services - Employer Direct, Employer Direct Online and Job Warehouse.

After posting a job, companies will receive a list of suitable jobseekers, ranked by best match first. They can then select the jobseekers they want to apply and invite them to apply online.

Universal Jobmatch will be accessed via GOV.UK which is replacing Businesslink, Business Gateway in Scotland, and Business Wales, and also replaces Directgov for jobseekers.
Please see the DWP's frequently asked questions for more information.

Childminder Briefings, Induction & Skills Tests & Course Dates 2012/2013

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