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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
Adult Learners' Week
The opportunity to try something new at Adult Learners' Week.
When: 18 - 24 May
Where: various locations across Reading
Free Workshops through the week including languages, arts, creative writing, baking and much more.
For more details:
View the Adult Learners' Week booklet
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
Aged 16 or over and not in full time education?
Earn while you learn, gain skills and work towards qualifications with an AWE Apprenticeship.
For further details: Tel: 0118 981 4111 or visit: www.awe.co.uk/Apprenticeships
Download the AWE Apprenticeships flyer
FREE Confidence Building Workshops with Berkshire Autistic Society
Parents and Carers are invited to join Berkshire Autistic Society at one of their FREE workshops to help improve confidence.
The workshops are open to parents and carers who are not in work and aim to develop skills and techniques to help increase confidence and improve self-esteem. The workshops will run between February and July at Berkshire Autistic Society in Richfield Avenue, Reading.
For further details:
Contact Avril Verity, Tel: 0118 959 4594
Download the Life Beyond Caring flyer
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 March/April 2013 Newsletter
Download the February 2013 Newsletter
Job Centre Plus Reading Newsletter February 2013
Download the latest JCP Reading Customer Newsletter
Job Centre Plus Southern England Group News
Download the latest newsletter (April 2013)
Download the latest newsletter (February 2013)
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 May edition of Touchbase
Download the April edition of Touchbase
Download the March 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: email@example.com
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
Download the Programme for full details.