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Skills boost for young people makes a start

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A NEW project aimed at supporting young people to boost their skills will start receiving its first clients this month.


starting point logo finalStarting Point Reading, which launched in June, aims to help NEETs (people not in education, employment or training) aged 16 to 25 through mentoring and providing entry level work placements.
It has been launched by the Mustard Tree Foundation, in conjunction with Reading Family Church and the Reading Local Strategic Partnership and is partnering with Jobcentre and Connexions.
Through the Reward Your World initiative, Starting Point Reading is providing young people with reward points for taking part in voluntary work placements.
This is through the generosity of local sponsors in backing the work of Starting Point Reading by purchasing the reward points for individual placements.
Greyfriars Church in Reading’s town centre is the first to provide this valuable resource.
A spokesperson for the church said: “We are glad to support Starting Point Reading and look forward to seeing many young people gain much needed work experience through this initiative.
“We had been exploring with other agencies how we might help in this area and know how hard it is to find that first job.”
Starting Point Reading is keen to receive expressions of interest to get involved with the mentoring programme, or offers of work experience placements in addition to those that have already been secured.
The scheme’s organisers add that offers of financial support to place a young person in work experience will also be gratefully received.
A full-time, four-week placement can be sponsored for £140.
For further information, call Rachel Green on 07864 040466 or email rachel.green@themustardtree.org.

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