about us

Find out more....

about us, our vision and our projects...        

Click to find out more about us

Our Retail Traineeships | age 16-19 or 16-25 with SEND

Our Retail Traineeships | age 16-19 or 16-25 with SEND

FREE TRAINING FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS & THOSE AGED 16-25 WITH SEND

YMCA Traineeship - in Customer Service & Retail skills  www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/trainees - Download the letter HERE
ESFA are funding our Traineeship Programme again for learners aged 16 to 19 and those aged 16-25 with SEND.  Young people tell us:

“Taking your first step into work can be daunting, especially if you don’t have much work experience.”

A Traineeship is a great way to start a career.  It helps young people gain experience needed by employers, and develop the skills and confidence needed to progress into FE, work or apprenticeships.  Customer service, interpersonal and functional skills are key to any career.  They also support trainees develop their employability skills and enable them to get on their next career step and succeed, as soon as they are ready.

Do you know a young person age 16+ for whom this free provision could be more suitable than 6th form or college in their pathway to work, college or apprenticeships?  Please contact us to discuss the opportunities and signpost young people to us. 

We offer a bespoke blend of work experience, vocational training and functional skills, to meet the needs of each learner and overcome any barriers to learning. 

Traineeships run over 3-6 months in our friendly furniture stores, and comprise:

ü City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate for Introduction to Customer Service

ü Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 as required
ü First Aid at Work – qualification and training 

ü Substantial work experience in all areas of our retail / customer service from direct customer involvement to marketing, PR, social media and donor relations

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 Awards

Please contact us with any questions, to arrange a visit or to suggest a young person we should contact about this free training opportunity.

Amanda Sheer | Traineeship Programme Manager | T 01892 542 209 or 01732 361 108 or 01892 615 612 | email trainees@WestKentYMCA.org.uk | www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/trainees | Download the letter HERE | other 16 plus options www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/16plus