IF you’re leaving school or out of work then the New Year could be the ideal opportunity for a new start.

LifeSkills Basildon is offering study programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds in a wide area of trades.

Study programmes are designed to help individuals progress into employment with training, an apprenticeship or further training.

Construction, motor vehicle, customer services, health and social care and independent living/employability are all covered.

Level one and level two routes are available depending on your starting point and there are interview techniques and CV advice included.

Individuals could receive a participation allowance of up to £40 a month and all travel expenses are paid for the duration of the course.

One learner said: “I would highly recommend for anyone who wants to pursue a career in customer service, to join a LifeSkills customer service programme.

“It has boosted my confidence when communicating with people and it has allowed me to meet new faces.

“The work is straight forward and I have learnt a wide range of different things to do with customer service.

“You also get the chance to put your skills that you have learnt into action with a bit of work experience on the main reception. It’s a brilliant way of being prepared for any job.”

LifeSkills Basildon is rated Good by Ofsted and is holding an open day on January 17 between 10am and 2pm.

Find out more by calling 0800 6226493 or 01268 272200.