Have you left school this summer and aren’t sure what you want to do next? Wokingham Borough Council’s Elevate team are here to help. Offering information, advice and guidance and a little inspiration, this dedicated team will provide support to help you decide which path is right for you to reach your goals.
If you are 16 to 18 years old and not in education, employment or training, the council’s supportive team will help you to plan your career, providing information about potential opportunities including education, jobs, apprenticeships, training, work experience and volunteering. The team also offer this service to young people aged up to 24 with an education health and care plan (EHCP).
Charley, aged 16, left school with no qualifications and no idea what she wanted to do.
“The Elevate team helped me realise that I'm not alone. I’m working with them to help me get the marks in English and maths I need to get a job as I did not get any GCSEs.
“They’re helping me slowly get back on track and back on my feet as I haven't been to school in so long and knew nothing about getting a job, so they have helped me with my CV too.
“If you’re in need of help I’d say definitely get in touch with Elevate as they are such a big help. If you do not have GCSEs like me and need them for an apprenticeship you are interested in they will help you with that like they did with me.”
Cllr Ullakarin Clark, executive member for children’s services said: “We know that this year in particular has been difficult for our younger residents and we know they are capable of great things. We want them to know that we are here to help and support them to succeed in whatever they choose to do in their future careers.
“We have seen the positive difference that our Elevate team has made to the lives of so many of our young adults like Charley and I would urge anyone wanting a little support, including parents who are need of some advice, to get in touch.”
The council’s Elevate website wokingham.elevateme.org.uk offers a range of resources and information to help you explore your options. There are also details about courses, programmes and vacancies that may be coming up soon. If you have any questions the website provides direct contact details for the team who are ready and willing to help. They are currently offering both telephone and online appointments.