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Teenagers take first steps towards their careers

Video. With employment figures out today, the number of unemployed 18 to 25 year olds has fallen. So as teenagers begin to start thinking about their career options, there are some tough decisions to make.

Finding a job, trying to get an apprenticeship or going to university are just some of their options. But what exactly is on offer for young people in the Thames Valley?

Rachel Hepworth went along to find out. She spoke to Alison Robb-Webb from Oxford City Learning, Natalie Murray who is in her second year of an apprenticeship and Holly Chalmers from BMW Recruitment.


Sussex travel company celebrates growth

A travel company based in Sussex has recruited almost a hundred new staff.

Tropical Sky in East Grinstead is thought to be one of the UK's fastest growing companies of it's kind. They specialise in long-haul flights. They started with just 5 employees. They also take on university placements.

Today they celebrated the opening of their new offices in the town.


600 permanent and temporary jobs going at Bluewater

Bluewater is holding its second Jobs Fayre of the year Credit: Press Association Images

Bluewater has organised its second Jobs Fayre of the year, which is being held today.

Over 2000 people will be interviewed for a number of temporary and permanent jobs at more than fifty of the shopping centre's shops and restaurants.

It will hopefully have a huge impact on the employment rates in the area.

Dorset police recruit special constables

Dorset police are beginning their recruitment campaign for police officers in remote communities.

The police is looking to build a team of rural specials who will work exclusively in more rural areas including Blandford, Gillingham, Dorchester, Sherborne and East Dorset.

The special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

They will be involved in a range of policing activities, including community events, targeted operations and specialist training.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “Our last campaign to increase the numbers of special constables in Dorset was very successful. We want to build on that success and boost our Special Constabulary even further."

£33m investment to improve railway

135 jobs have been created as part of the investment project to improve the railway in the Thames Valley.

£33m will be put into the project to create job opportunities and help boost the local economies.

The programme will improve the railway on services including Thames Valley Credit: PA Wire

Rail investments have already generated more than £280m of work to businesses in the south west of England over the last year.

More than 17 per cent of the money went to small and medium-sized businesses in these regions.

Patrick Hallgate, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: "Network Rail Western will have a pivotal role to play in driving growth as we plan to transform the Great Western main line into the most advanced intercity railway in Britain by the end of the decade.

"By continuing to invest in the industry, we are also investing in the future of Britain."

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