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Our Construction Study Programme | age 16-19 or 16-25 with SEND

Our Construction Study Programme | age 16-19 or 16-25 with SEND


YMCA Study Programme in Construction Skills www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/study Download the letter HERE

The ESFA continue to fund our high quality, individualised Study Programmes for learners age 16-19 and up to 25 with SEND, for whom college or 6th Form may not be their best option.  We offer a bespoke mix of work based learning: work experience, vocational skills training, intensive interpersonal skills supported 1:1 by highly experienced tutors and their own designated keyworker.  Learners are supported to achieve excellent qualifications in vocational and functional skills: to ensure progression to, and success on, an apprenticeship or Level 2 course at FE College after their training with us.

Do you know a young person for whom this provision could be better than 6th Form or college to access work, college or apprenticeships?  Please contact us to discuss this opportunity, ask any questions, arrange a visit or suggest a young person we should contact.  Our Study Programme is 8-10 months (roll on roll off basis) and includes:

ü City & Guilds Level 1 Construction Skills Diploma in Carpentry and / or Multi-skills

ü Health & Safety Certificate at Entry 3 and/or Level 1 - essential preparation before taking the CSCS card exam
ü First Aid at Work – qualification and training 
Functional Skills
– Entry Level to Level 2 English & maths

ü Work experience in all areas of customer services & retail skills

ü Intensive 1-1 support to prepare for work, college or apprenticeship

ü Ongoing support to secure suitable and successful progression

ü Training in upcycling / decorating furniture / craft projects

ü Access to our youth work, youth counselling service and Duke of Edinburgh Award.


This runs in our friendly, welcoming workshops with intensive pastoral support, regularly commended by Ofsted and City & Guilds as well as schools, colleges, early help teams, parents and learners.  We have run the HORIZON Project for over 14 years using vocational training in construction skills to: engage and empower learners, develop teamwork skills and raise functional skills (typically by 2 full levels a year).  Most learners achieve 95% attendance, improved attitude and model behaviour, gaining substantial qualifications.  The vast majority progress on to FE college, succeeding on mainstream Level 2 courses, apprenticeships or work.  They also have the option to progress onto our Traineeships for further training in customer services and retail if they are not quite ready to access an apprenticeship or work.

Every learner has a bespoke course to meet their needs and overcome any barriers to learning.  Ofsted inspectors compliment the engagement, teaching and learning in The HORIZON Project. City & Guilds External Verifiers hold us up as a Centre of Excellence and consistently praise the quality of our vocational and functional skills teaching, pastoral support and standards of assessed work and outstanding portfolios.

Angi Agopian | Project Manager | the HORIZON Project | M 07872 987 764  
study@WestKentYMCA.org.uk | www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/study  |  Download the letter HERE  |  other 16 plus options www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/16plus