Young people, employers and partners celebrate success

Young people, employers and partners celebrate success

December 22nd, 2016

Young people on Skills Training UK’s Study Programme and Traineeship programmes were invited to celebrate their achievements at a series of events hosted by Skills Training UK centres on 19, 20 and 21st December.

They were joined by young people who have progressed from Skills Training UK into work, apprenticeships and further education and who returned to give inspirational speeches. Local employers and partner agencies including Jobcentre Plus also attended the events and spoke highly of how young people are turning their lives around with the help of Skills Training UK.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, who attended the events held in Wembley and Hounslow, said: “We are currently supporting more than 4,500 learners across the UK – and that number is growing all the time.

“Many of our learners arrive low in confidence and reluctant to take part in learning. Some face challenging circumstances in their personal lives and most have no or few qualifications, including vital skills in English and maths.

“But by adopting an all-inclusive approach that focuses on the individual – offering 1-2-1 support where appropriate – our tutors help every young person enrolled on one of our programmes to grow in confidence, improve their maths and English, develop employability skills and gain work experience that helps with their CV.

“It gives our young people the very best chance to change their lives – leading to real and meaningful opportunities that have the potential to lead to, apprenticeships, full time work or further education.

 “We are very proud of all our learners for the hard work and the positive progress they make. When we see how far they have come in such a short space of time, that’s what gives everyone at Skills Training UK a real sense of job satisfaction.”

The celebration events were held at centres in Ealing, Wembley, Hounslow, Brighton, Walsall and Dudley and celebrated the achievements and positive progression of young people who have grown in confidence and gained new skills, qualifications and work experience. Skills Training UK offers the opportunities and support for young people to progress from the Study Programme to Traineeships, Apprenticeships, other work or into further education.

One young person to turn his life around with the help of Skills Training UK is Stephen Penn, aged 23, from West Drayton. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and was previously unemployed before receiving 1-2-1 support and a work experience placement on the Skills Training UK Traineeship, which led to him winning a job as a Software Engineer with Global Blue in West London.

He says: “This job is all I’ve ever wanted. When I first came to Skills Training UK I wouldn’t talk to anyone. Now I can. The tutors always tried to include me in everything and it’s been amazing. Coming here has made a big difference to my life.”

Jerry Naughton an Employment Advisor at Ealing Jobcentre, said: “Skills Training UK is helping people to overcome barriers to employment. We have a close working relationship and we can introduce people to Skills Training UK with confidence knowing that they will receive help in gaining qualifications, developing their CV and overcoming their barriers to work.”

Through Skills Training UK’s strong partnerships with local employers as well as with schools, local authorities and other agencies including housing and health, it offers the hardest to reach a chance to take their first steps towards employment or continued learning.

Speaking at the ‘Celebration of Achievement’ event in Wembley, Hamid Noorzai, director at Direct Cover Ltd, said: “Everyone has to overcome challenges to achieve success, but it all depends on what opportunities you have. The team at Skills Training UK have such a positive, friendly attitude, we wanted to work with them and offer all we can to help local young people in to work.”

Through the Study Programme and Traineeships, Skills Training UK helps each young person to address any personal issues or barriers to learning they may face. The centre has a positive environment for the learners to grow in confidence while developing skills in communication, teamwork and employability as well as English, maths, ICT and vocational qualifications.

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Photo caption: Learners recieve certificates for their achievements at Skills Training UK's Ealing Centre.

Photo caption: Martin Dunford OBE, Skills Training UK chief executive, speaks to young learners at the Wembley Centre. 



Photo caption: Learners recieve certificates for their achievements at Skills Training UK's Hounslow Centre.