Young people in West Midlands recognised for achieving vital skills and qualifications with Skills Training UK

July 20th, 2017


Young people from Dudley and Walsall enrolled on Skills Training UK's Traineeships and Apprenticeships have been recognised for securing the skills and qualifications they need to find full-time employment, or continue their learning.

60 learners were invited to celebrate their achievements at Skills Training UK’s two centres in Dudley and Walsall. 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.

Young people who attended the Celebrations of Success were presented with certificates to acknowledge their progress, with some giving inspirational speeches.

Stephen Crawley, Skills Training UK’s Skills Director, 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 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.

Matthew Gardner, 24, from Willenhall, successfully completed a traineeship at Skills Training UK’s Walsall centre before progressing into full time employment with local firm Amari Plastics – achieving qualifications in English, maths and personal development.

“I was looking for work for four months before the local Jobcentre Plus referred me to Skills Training UK,” he said. “It’s been absolutely brilliant. When I got stuck they were always there to help get me through and push me forward.”

Tuaiba Arshad, 21, from West Bromwich, completed qualifications in maths, personal development and business administration at Skills Training UK’s Walsall Centre and has now started working at Sandwell General Hospital.

“Before I started at Skills Training UK I was in temporary employment,” she said. “I was quite shy and I had very little confidence. But the tutors really helped to boost my self-esteem and make me the person I am today.”

Rakhi Mussamat, 20, from Tipton, has completed qualifications in employability and personal development at Skills Training UK’s Dudley Centre and has secured an apprenticeship as a healthcare assistant at a GP practice in Sedgley.

“Skills Training UK have been great,” she said. “They went out of their way to find something that I wanted to do and always kept me up to date with new opportunities. I think I had three interviews in one week at one point. They have really helped me grow in confidence and develop my employability skills.”

Ian-Lee Reddall, 18, from Gornal Wood, completed qualifications in retail and customer service at Skills Training UK’s Dudley Centre and has secured an apprenticeship at Sandwell Council working in disability employment.

“When I left school, I was struggling to find a job,” he said. “Skills Training UK has really helped and I’ve been able to learn how to talk to customers, how to present myself and how to improve my body language. Before, I would have found it very difficult to talk to anyone. But my confidence has now really improved."

Skills Training UK 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.

David Mowatt, from Black Country Impact referral service, which helps young people aged 16-29 to find work, said: “The people I talk to at Skills Training UK are a beacon in the community – I’ve got them on speed dial. They help me out tremendously and I refer a lot of young people to them. That’s no disrespect to others but they’re the first training provider I turn to. They always look after the needs of our young people and provide them with real opportunities to progress.”

Skills Training UK offers Traineeships and Study Programmes to young people across the West Midlands, London and the South East. Click here to find out more.


Photo caption: Rakhi Mussamat, 20, from Tipton, who has secured an apprenticeship as a healthcare assistant after completing qualifications with Skills Training UK, talking to Dudley Centre Manager David Ball.

Photo caption: Ian-Lee Reddall, 18, from Gornal Wood, has completed qualifications in retail and customer service with Skills Training UK and has secured an apprenticeship at Sandwell Council working in disability employment. Pictured with Dudley Centre Manager David Ball.

Photo caption: Young people enrolled at Skills Training UK’s Walsall Centre have been celebrating their achievements. (L-R) Centre Manager Marcus Deacon, Gavankar Hosein, Tuaiba Arshad, Matthew Gardner, Roseanne Corns, Sargar Hosein, Nate Clarke, Skills Training UK’s Senior Operations Manager Cristina Moran and Skills Training UK’s Skills Director Stephen Crawley.