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NEW Taining & Empowerment for young people aged 16-25 with SEND based in Tonbridge

NEW Taining & Empowerment for young people aged 16-25 with SEND based in Tonbridge
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from September 2018


We are thrilled to offer our new, person-centred educational offer, based in Tonbridge.  You may know a young person aged 16-25, with an EHCP, for whom college or 6th Form may not be their best option.  Please tell them about this amazing opportunity now.


We will be running a very small, individualised training & empowerment programme.


Each Student will have a personal mentor for 1-1 intensive pastoral support

ü  to build trust and honesty,

ü  to enable them to understand and overcome barriers to learning,

ü  to develop effective strategies, thus enabling, equipping and

ü  empowering them to take positive steps into the world of work

and this is alongside

Two days a week of small group work, with our staff offering short workshops

raising self-esteem,

confidence building

communication skills

painting & decorating


craft workshops

relationships & sexual health

drugs & alcohol workshops

internet & digital safety

celebrating diversity

keeping fit


appropriate behaviour at work

enjoying the outside world’

opportunities out there for me


healthy eating

job search


Students also work 1:1 with their personal mentor, one day a week, on their chosen area of vocational interest, which can currently include


Retail skills, customer services

Horticulture, market gardening skills

Animal care, working with animals

Working with adults with disabilities, working with the elderly

Carpentry, painting & decorating, wallpapering, tiling

Bicycle repairs, maintenance and safety


All Students also benefit individually from

ü  1-1 Functional Skills Maths & English, at their own level from Entry 1 to Level 2

ü  Enrolment on our Duke of Edinburgh Scheme to work toward their Bronze Award

ü  Achieving a recognised Health & Safety in the Workplace qualification.

ü  Access to our counsellors, anger management, CBT, family therapy, art therapy,

ü  Membership of our local V4C youth clubs

ü  support for progression onto our specially adapted SEND Traineeship Programme [more details overleaf]


Every Student is unique so every Student has a unique, bespoke course to meet their needs and overcome any barriers to learning.  City & Guilds external verifiers praise our engagement, teaching, learning, pastoral support and outstanding portfolios.  They hold us up as a Centre of Excellence for vocational & functional skills.

If you feel our unique approach could be of interest to some young people you know, please contact Angi to find out more or arrange a visit.


Angi Agopian | Project Manager | the HORIZON Project | M 07872 987 764  
empower@WestKentYMCA.org.uk | www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/empower


The YMCA already delivers a specially adapted Traineeship Programme for young people aged 16-25 with SEND [Special Educational Needs or Disability] or who have an EHCP [Education Health & Care Plan], who are nearer to the workplace but not quite ready.


These very effective traineeships run within our friendly YMCA Furniture Stores.


Each Trainee benefits from their own bespoke timetable to incorporate what they want and need to improve and develop their own workplace skills including:


  • Supported substantial work-placements across our retail /customer service functions - customer service, marketing, PR, social media and donor relations, merchandising and designing and building window displays, posters
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace qualification
  • Training in Lifting and moving, First Aid
  • Customer service & communication skills (verbal, phone, body language, email, social media), team work
  • Functional skills – English & Maths from Entry 3 to Level 2 as required.
  • Project work such as
  • Upcycling / craft - working on projects, pricing and selling at local events etc.
  • RECYCLE – helping to rebuild & repair bikes
  • Learning how to carry out safety testing for items to be sold
  • Supported work-placements – for example in care homes working with the elderly
  • Joint work with the Horizon Project including community projects, sport [and the details overleaf]
  • 1:1 support with Personal and Social Development including budgeting, social media, sexual health, alcohol, healthy eating, British values, supporting the community etc.
  • Intensive 1:1 support to prepare for work, college or apprenticeship.  Appropriate job search, support at interview, continued support when work is secured.
  • Access to our youth work, counselling service and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
  • Access to our emotional wellbeing and resilience programmes and housing support.


Every trainee enjoys a bespoke course to meet their needs and overcome any barriers to learning; building their skills, confidence and self-esteem.  We enjoy very positive feedback from referral agencies, KCC, families, trainees and their new employers.


If you feel a customer service Traineeship could benefit any young people you know, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda to find out more or arrange a visit.


Amanda Sheer | Business Development Manager | T 07889 707823
trainees@WestKentYMCA.org.uk | www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/trainees