Welcome to YMCA Training's advice section. Below, you'll find links to different features which we hope you'll find useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please get in touch.

Train with us

YMCA Training helps young people who are looking to develop themselves, who seek to gain new skills that will help them find employment, or who wish to gain experience to assist with their progress in the workplace. We provide a safe and supportive environment and we only work with fully-trained practitioners. You can read more by choosing from our drop down.

All you need to know about our Apprenticeships

Being an apprentice offers many great opportunities. You'll meet new people, learn new skills and gain new qualifications. It means working for an employer and discovering things about yourself that you never knew before.

You can read more by choosing from our drop down.

Pathways into an Apprenticeship

If you're looking for extra support before starting an Apprenticeship, then join Access to Apprenticeships. This national government initiative is for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who need help and support to progress into employment and onto a full Apprenticeship Programme. It offers eligible young people an opportunity to show employers their commitment to a work and study programme that meets the required standard.

You can read more by choosing from our drop down.


In this section you will be able to find out what the official language actually means to you.


If you're worried about the cost of training, you may be eligible to receive a regular or one-off payment from the YMCA Training 16-19 Bursary Fund. The fund was created to ensure that young people on our non-waged programmes are able to participate regardless of their financial position.

Some young people are eligible for a priority payment of at least £1,200, over the length of their programme and many in this group actually receive much more than this.

You can read more by choosing from our drop down.

Young parents programme

If you are about to become a young parent, we know that you will have lots of things to consider. You may be worried about how you will manage with feeding and changing a small baby, or how you will care for the child's developmental needs.

You may have more practical concerns about where you will live, or how you'll manage a family budget for the first time. Whatever your worries, YMCA Training is here to support you and provide you with a base to meet up with other young people in the same situation as you.

And that goes for dads too! We understand that young fathers are equally keen to learn all about what the future holds. That's why we welcome all young mums and dads to our programmes.

You can read more by choosing from our drop down.

Year 11 pupils and the law

Since 2013, the government has changed the law for current Year 11 pupils who are leaving school. We've gathered together the most common questions we are asked. If you'd like to know anything else about this, just email us at info@ymcatraining.org.uk.

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