THE LATEST unemployment figures for Berkshire residents have been revealed after a new jobseekers partnership for young people has been launched.

More than 20,000 Berkshire residents were reported as 'unemployed' from January to December 2020, according to Adviza, the careers charity.

The date for residents in Berkshire areas covers the time period from January 2020 to December 2020, as per below:

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  • Bracknell Forest - 2,300 (3.4 per cent)
  • Slough - 4,100 (5.7 per cent)
  • Reading - 4,000 (4.2 per cent)
  • Wokingham - 2,600 (3.2 per cent)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead - 2,600 (3.3 per cent)
  • West Berkshire - 2,600 (3 per cent)
partnership launched for unemployed young people

partnership launched for unemployed young people

In response to this, growing concerns over youth unemployment across the county has led to a new partnership launching, with the sole purpose of combating unemployment in residents aged 15-24.

The Berkshire Education Employer Partnership (BEEP), delivered by Adviza, Activate Learning, AIM Group, Learning to Work, Newbury College and West Berkshire EBP, is a programme designed to develop employability skills and opportunities for young people in Berkshire.

Although the programme is available to anyone aged between 15-24 in Berkshire, the programme provides intensive support for those with SEND, low attainment rates and those not in education, employment or training.

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It intends to facilitate partnerships between local education centres and employers so that students can gain meaningful work experience , support and knowledge of the working world.

Sarah Jackson, Project Coordinator for BEEP within Adviza, said: “BEEP is a very exciting project and one of the most valuable Adviza has been involved in.

"Its value stems from the fact that it’s a long-term project that will create opportunities for many young people in Berkshire, and I believe it will make a difference to many lives.”

For more information, or to get involved, contact