Skills and Enterprise - Readings Future Success
Enterprise and Skills - Reading's Future Success' was sponsored by Novotel Reading Centre and held on Monday 8 February.
The forum highlighted how we can make sure that the future workforce reflects the needs of local businesses; what the local skills priorities are and enterprise initiatives at Thames Valley University's Reading Campus; what local employers' are seeking from the future workforce and the current workforces' IT skills, how businesses can receive £2,500 by employing a young apprentice through the Governments' AGE 16-17 programme and how businesses can receive £1,000 when taking on a graduate intern for a 13 week placement through the GradSEED programme.
We also launched the Connect Reading Say Yes Challenge a 12 week mentoring programme that will run from the end of April working with NEET young people where they develop ideas on how they can make a positive difference to their community. We are currently seeking business mentors to work in pairs with small groups of young people; you can express an interest and find out more about the opportunity here.
Peter Bunyan, Managing Director, Micropoint
Zeena Cala, Employer Services Director, National Apprenticeship Service
Lee Nicholls, Executive Director, Thames Valley University Reading
Carey Widdows, Director, Careers Advisory Service, University of Reading.