Training & Education

Training and Education is a key delivery area for both YMCA North Tyneside and YMCA nationally.

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Did you know we offer educational programmes?

Our ‘Taste for Change’ and ‘Get up and Grow’ programmes both provide pre-employability activities and routes to employment for people of all ages looking to enhance their employment opportunities.

Taste for Change

Taste for Change is a multi-week course for people looking to expand their career opportunities and develop their life skills.
From classroom learning to hands-on training in a commercial kitchen, this authentic training environment has provided a smooth transition into employment for many of our participants, with some of them now preparing and serving food to our YMCA café customers.

Get up and Grow

Get up and Grow, supported by Virgin Money Foundation, is a pre-employability programme helping young people to overcome personal challenges.
This programme focuses on 16 – 24 year olds in YMCA’s supported accommodation, helping them find sustainable employment. With the help of Housing Officer Pamela Scott, “work ready” young people participate in 1 to 1 sessions, preparing them for the job application process.

Nate’s Story

Nate was referred to YMCA North Tyneside in need of accommodation after his mother fled domestic violence. They were being housed in a refuge however the refuge was unable to accommodate Nate as he was 17 and too old for the unit his mother would be living in.

This quickly became a daunting situation for Nate as he had very little experience living independently and had recently left school with no qualifications or prior work experience. YMCA staff provided Nate with one to one sessions, developing the skills he already possessed and helping with his confidence levels. Nate worked alongside a specialist worker on improving his CV and partook in mock interviews. As a result, Nate was offered a position this year with the company ‘Justice Prince’ and has told staff: “I’m really enjoying working and making my own money, I feel like I have a purpose.”