Young people in Brighton celebrate career achievements at Skills Training UK

December 15th, 2017

Young people from Brighton who have turned their lives around with the help of independent training provider Skills Training UK, were welcomed back to their training centre on December 4 for a special celebration. The event marked the achievements of 19 young learners, and recognised Skills Training UK’s successful partnerships with local businesses and support agencies.

The young learners, aged 16 to 24, were presented with certificates to acknowledge their progress on Skills Training UK’s Traineeship programmes, where they have achieved employability skills, qualifications in English and maths, and have undertaken vital work placements with local employers. Many of the learners arrive at Skills Training UK with low confidence and some have faced challenging circumstances in their personal lives but, with 1-2-1 support, they are able to progress onto an Apprenticeship, college or full-time employment.

Awards were also given to learners, including 20-year-old Josh Emery from Hove, who was recognised for ‘Best Employer Feedback’ following his work with the homeless charity Shelter at their shop in Brighton. Josh enrolled with Skills Training UK six months ago and he has since achieved qualifications in Retail and Customer Service, as well as English and maths.

Photo caption: Josh Emery with his ‘Best Employer Feedback’ award at the Skills Training UK Brighton Centre.

Speaking at the event, Josh said: “Skills Training UK have helped me to be more confident. I wasn’t in a good place before I started here, I’ve had some mental health issues, but the team have supported me and motivated me to get in to work. My dream is to work in music production, so the Traineeship has been a great stepping stone to achieving this.”

Skills Training UK’s Brighton Centre, based at the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), has close links with employers, schools, local authorities and other agencies, including housing and health, to ensure the hardest to reach young people are given a chance to take their first steps towards employment or continued learning.

Sam Cousins, branch manager at Shelter in Brighton, attended the celebration event. Sam said: “As a charity, we’re always looking for new volunteers so it’s great to work with Skills Training UK, who help us to reach out to young people in the local community. We’ve taken on four learners recently and it’s great to see how they have grown in to confident, hard-working and responsible young adults.”

Steven Mitchell, Director of Research, Innovation and Development at Skills Training UK, said: “We are very proud to celebrate the positive progress that all of our learners have made since joining our Traineeship programmes. It’s fantastic to see how far they have come and how much they have achieved in such a short space of time. We wish everyone the best of luck as they embark on the next steps in their careers.”

The Skills Training UK Brighton Centre is at the PACA on Chalky Road, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2WS. For more information about Skills Training UK and their Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes, visit www.skillstraininguk.com or call the Brighton Centre on 01273 567 765.

Photo caption: Young learners at the Skills Training UK Brighton Centre are recognised for their achievements at a special celebration event.

Photo caption: (L-R) Sam Cousins, branch manager at Shelter in Brighton, with colleague Joanna Osborne are presented with a certificate by Skills Training UK Brighton Centre Manager Sean Atkinson.