Employment and Training

With youth unemployment hitting record highs in recent years across the UK it is important that YMCA works to enable vulnerable young people to compete for jobs. We do this through providing training to enhance knowledge and skills and through employability programmes that ultimately seek to channel young people into employment.

Accredited Qualifications

Well in advance of leaving school and facing the world of work many young people come through YMCA programmes that challenge and encourage them to gain accredited qualifications. These qualifications can include Youth Achievement awards, Saltire awards, Dynamic Youth awards and early certificate awards. They often help to grow the confidence in our young people that they can achieve and attain qualifications.

In just one of our YMCAs, Kirkcaldy in Fife, in 2012, 122 young people gained a total of 213 recognised awards.