Expert help to get jobs in the booming local construction industry, a dedicated centre for all careers advice and a new website for young jobseekers – they are all among the benefits coming to Wokingham Borough’s 16 to 24 year olds under the Thames Valley Berkshire City Deal.
The City Deal is a £4.8million agreement signed last year to reduce youth unemployment and promote apprenticeships. The borough will benefit from nearly £600,000 over the next three years, which will be used to reduce the number of young people who are not in employment, education or training.
We believe in all our young people. This money will increase opportunities for them to get the right advice and support when they need it. The City Deal is about helping young people to make their own decisions and to fulfil their potential. In particular it will help those who may have been disadvantaged in one way or another to take advantage of the opportunities on offer in Wokingham Borough.”
– Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor
City Deal funding will also be used to employ ‘brokers’ working with employers in the construction industry to link them with local people looking for work in the sector. Reading’s ‘Elevate Me’ website service will be extended to Wokingham Borough.
City Deal hub is a perfect fit for Wokingham Library as the library is already a centre for the community and a great resource for advice and learning. This is a great extension to the range of services we already offer at Wokingham Library.”
The captain of the England women's cricket team, and the Kent county team, is to pick up an award tonight. Charlotte Edwards from Wokingham is only the second woman to be named the 'Wisden' player of the year.
A robot that could save lives has been showing off its skills at a chemist's in Wokingham today. The 'Rose Street robot' could prevent potentially fatal mistakes if pharmacists dispense the wrong medicines.
GPs and chemists have been worried about errors caused by overworking, stress and of course bad handwriting. They're hoping the robot will relieve the pressure. Mel Bloor reports.
A firearm may have been used to threaten residents during a robbery in Berkshire. At around 7.48pm yesterday a man entered a house in Reading Road, Finchampstead, and produced what is believed to be a firearm before stealing items from the address. The offender ran away after police were called.
He is described as 6ft, of slim build, and was wearing a balaclava and a black jacket. Inspector Phil O’Neil, of Thames Valley Police, said: 'Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and if anyone has any concerns, please make contact with an officer or the local police station.'
If you have any information about the incident, contact Insp O’Neil via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
A large fire broke out in a factory in Wokingham this morning. Firefighters were called to the Metro Centre on Toutley Road after reports of a large plume of smoke over the A329. Video courtesy of Wokingham Times.
A new strategy has been launched to make sure there are enough parking spaces in Wokingham. Councillors approved the plan which sets out how to make better use of existing parking and increases capacity over the next thirteen years to meet a growing population in the town.