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Employment and Skills Toolkit

Shaping your future

Support when you need it most

Reading's local workforce is essential to driving our economy - we want to see and support local people into local jobs. So where do you go to find the information you need? Whether you're currently furloughed and looking for a new opportunity, want to take up painting or retrain for a new career - there is support out there for you.

Here, you'll find support to boost your CV, reskill or train and help you find new work.

Digital skills

Whatever job you're doing - or planning to move into - digital skills will be a big part of it. There are lots of opportunities to learn or improve your digital skills to make sure you're keeping up with technology.

New Directions
Learn digital skills to help your job searches, interviews and career development
Curious Lounge
Reading’s dedicated digital training hub, offers all sorts of improver and specialist skills
Reading College
Every level of accredited training from entry level to specialist courses
University of Reading
Higher level training in all aspects of computer science

Other local skills and training support

Lifelong Learning

Learning new skills, following a new career path, or finding a new creative passion is something you can do at any age. New Directions is the dedicated adult education service and the best place for refreshing your English and Maths skills, learning or improving English - as well as developing career skills, and following leisure classes.   


You’ll also find continual education available at both Reading College and the University of Reading.

Higher Education

The University of Reading is one of the UK’s leading red brick universities, dating back to 1892, and granted its charter in 1926. It is a world leader in meteorology and climate studies, agriculture, food and nutrition, and real estate and planning. It is also home to the prestigious Henley Business School and the ICMA applied finance centre  


Further Education

Part of the Activate Learning Group, Reading College first opened in 1955, but today is a state of the art training centre for vocational studies. The college offers A Levels, HNC/HND, PGCE, Foundation Courses and Degrees in its curriculum. Subjects range from hospitality to construction, IT & Computing, and Healthcare



Employment and skills


If you have been made redundant or facing unemployment, don't fear. There are lots of local organisations ready to support you. Download our support guide for a list of local services.

Download redundancy support guide
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