Learners in Brighton celebrated for their achievements

Learners in Brighton celebrated for their achievements on Skills Training UK's Traineeships and Apprenticeships

July 20th, 2017


Young people from Brighton have recently been recognised for achieving vital skills and qualifications on Skills Training UK's Traineeships . 15 learners aged 16 to 24 joined a special celebration event at Skills Training UK's Brighton Centre, located in the Bridge Community Centre, alongside local business leaders and other key partners.

Skills Training UK offers a range of Traineeships and Apprenticeships to young people who have few or no qualifications, many of whom face challenging circumstances in their personal lives.

Each learner is supported to achieve vital qualifications in English and maths, as well as gain opportunities to learn new skills and take part in work experience with a local employer.

Learners leave Skills Training UK with improved confidence and the right skills needed to move into full-time employment or continue their learning.

Stephen Crawley, Skills Training UK’s Skills Director, who attended the Celebration of Success, said: “Congratulations to all learners for their hard work and commitment. We are very proud to see the positive progress they have made since joining us, and to recognise how far they have come in such a short space of time. We wish them all the very best in their future career paths, wherever it may take them.

“Very often we don’t recognise the difference that we’re all making – both to the local economy and to people’s lives. But by working together we are starting to see lots and lots of success stories.

“Our programmes are all about giving young people the very best chance to change their lives, with vital skills and meaningful opportunities that have the potential to lead to full-time employment or further education. Our all-inclusive, individual approach ensures every young person is supported to grow in confidence, develop employability skills and gain work experience that will help towards their CV.”

Skills Training UK’s Brighton Centre has a positive environment for learners to grow and develop skills in communication, teamwork and employability as well as gain qualifications in English, maths and ICT.

Learners who attended the Celebration of Success were presented with certificates to acknowledge their progress, with some giving inspirational speeches on how Skills Training UK has helped to turn their lives around.

James Oxley, 22, recently secured a full-time volunteering position at Suffolk Beacon Trust following on from his Traineeship with Skills Training UK.

James said: “Before I started at Skills Training UK I had few qualifications. I wanted to get my Level 2 in English and maths. Skills Training UK not only provided opportunities for me to get the qualifications I needed, but also pointed out others that might be of interest. I now have additional certificates in Health and Safety, and First Aid, and am very excited about my future career prospects.”

Wayne Stone, Trading Manager of Sussex Beacon Trust said: “We are pleased to have taken on several Skills Training UK learners and have offered 100 hours’ work experience to each one. We enjoy getting to know the learners and understanding what they want to get out of the work experience, and what we can do to help them achieve that. It’s a great opportunity for us and for the young people.”

The centre is supported by a network of strong partnerships with employers, schools, local authorities and other organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, who help the learners take their first steps towards employment or continued learning.

Steve Benwell, Relationship Manager from the Department for Work and Pensions said: “We work with young people in conjunction with Skills Training UK to develop and grow their careers from the ground up. It is great to attend these events to see how much these young learners have achieved.”

Photo Caption: Young people celebrate their achievements at Skills Training UK’s Brighton Centre. 

Photo Caption: Stephen Crawley, Skills Director at Skills Training UK, speaking at the Celebration Event.

Photo Caption: Steve Benwell, Relationship Manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, speaks at the event.