Training and Employment

Training and employment can be accessed by everyone living or working in the West Berkshire area.

Young people aged 16 or over and no longer in full time secondary education can choose to enrol on an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or part time or full time employment with training.

Adult learning can help you develop your skills and assist you into becoming employed or enrolling onto a full time course. There are various courses available to adults aged 19 and over without level 2 qualifications, who are unemployed and on active benefits. Courses are designed to help you re-connect with learning, gain new skills, improve your health and wellbeing, access employment, progress to accredited courses, or support your children's learning and development. 

Getting into or remaining in employment can sometimes prove difficult – health, children and other family commitments may cause concern. You can get support and advice to manage these issues, this can be provided through local groups or from national websites and helplines. Use the links provided to connect to organisations which can offer employment and training support.

For more information on services offering support to children and young people with SEND please visit the Local offer.

Apprenticeships and Careers

For further information on Apprenticeships please see the National Apprenticeship Service website on

For information on specific careers – including career profiles and a skills assessment – please visit the National Careers Service website -

If you are aged 16-18 or 19-25 with an Education Health and Care Plan, you can get additional information, advice and guidance around careers and apprenticeships from either your school/college careers leader, or, if you have left school, from our Careers and Participation Officer Alex Pye on

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