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New deal on offer for young people in Wokingham

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.”

– Cllr Pauline Jorgensen


Sussex PCC to set up Youth Commission

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to establish a Youth Commission in Sussex.

The aim is to create a system for consultation between young people and the PCC.

Recruitment is now open for a representative group of young people (aged 14-25 years old) from across the county who are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Commission.

The deadline for paper applications is Friday 20 December and phone interviews will then take place in January.

The Youth Commission will provide a platform for young people to support, inform and challenge me on the Police & Crime Plan. I want to ensure that young people's views are represented when key decisions are made and that they are involved in this process.

– Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner