Supporting you to make choices about your future

If you’re aged 16-18 years old (up to 25 years old for SEND and care experienced young people) we are here to help you and provide impartial advice to support you into employment, education or training.

How we can help

Exam result support

Helping you plan your next steps.

Exploring career ideas

Helping you make choices.

Choosing higher education

Your college, university and other higher education options.

Alternative training provisions

Find out what training is available.

Support for job hunting

Including interview skills and CV writing.

Apprenticeships and jobs

See our jobs board below.

Post-exam results support

Support for you

Regardless of your results, you can access advice and support from expert advisors at our Elevate careers service. They’ll be available to talk to you by phone, text, email or in person if you’re unsure what to do now you’ve received your results.

  • Book a face-to-face appointment in the Youth Hub based at The Curious Lounge, The Pinnacle building, in Tudor Road, Reading, RG1 1NH.
  • Call: 0118 937 3766 or text 07980 744530
  • Email:

Elevate Summer Careers Fair July 2023

More than 65 young people visited the careers fair organised by our Elevate team (pictured) at New Meaning in Portman Road on 18 July. Students from The Avenue School and teachers and SENCOs from Reading’s secondary schools attended, along with parents, carers and social workers.

The event was a great opportunity for young people to meet face to face with employers and training providers and find out about courses, apprenticeships and other options.

With thanks to the stall holders representing their organisations, including Army careers, John Lewis Partnership, NHS, Thames Water and RBC. Young people also received advice from Elevate career coaches and many have already signed up for courses and applied for jobs.

Feedback from the event

“It was a really good event and well organised.”

“Thank you for inviting us to such a great event! And our young people who are currently on the Prince’s Trust programme had a great day and got a lot themselves from speaking to employers.”

“I’m so happy I came to the event and you all helped me a lot”

“Good to be able to see everyone in one place”      “Very useful to see opportunities and everyone was so helpful”


Career information and advice sessions

The Elevate team will be at the Youth Hub at the Curious Lounge at various times, three times a week, offering advice on:

  • exploring career ideas and making choices
  • choosing options at age 16 and 18
  • finding a learning or training course
  • search and apply for jobs or apprenticeships
  • support with transition to further education
  • developing CV and improving interview skills

You will need to make an appointment so drop them a line on 0118 937 3766 or email them at

The latest apprenticeship and job vacancies for young people

Check our jobs board for the latest opportunities in Reading, including apprenticeships. If you want to find out more about current roles or other local opportunities email or phone 0118 937 3766.

The latest post-16 SEND opportunities

We can support you in your next steps.

We offer advice on further education, supported employment programme, supported internships, ACHIEVE SEND programme and careers, plus general jobs advice.

If you want to find out more, email: or phone 0118 937 3766.

There is also a lot of help and support on the Reading SEND Local Offer employment page here.

Our team

We are all professionally qualified career coaches, who are fully knowledgeable with local, regional and national careers information.

Romana Taylor

Team Manager

Claire Thomas

Careers Coach (Reading College Lead)

Diane Teagle

Careers Coach (SEND Lead)

George Franklin

Careers Coach (Youth Justice Service Lead)

Saj Chowdhury

Careers Coach (Leaving care lead)

Nicky Ross

Performance Analyst

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Luis Parker

Business and Administration Apprentice

Contact us

Call: 07966 367499 or 0118 937 3766


We look forward to speaking with you!

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