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YMCA Youngsters Pick Up Life Skills with Franklin

April 20, 2015

YOUNG people from our Peaks Lane Housing Project have successfully taken part in a European Social Fund (ESF) project, in conjunction with Franklin College and Grimsby Institute.

The sessions have earned them accredited qualifications in Health and Safety Level 1 and Food Hygiene Level 2, as well as a raft of unaccredited life skills and they were led by Franklin tutors Amy Gresham and Joanne Cade, alongside Franklin’s Adult Learning Team Manager, Andy Doran, and YMCA Humber’s Community Youth Worker Jocelyn Dennis.

A group of six young people from the project took part in the course, enjoying team building exercises such as golf and boxing, sessions on employability and confidence building, as well as guest speakers on healthy lifestyles, sexploitation, hate crime and drugs awareness.

Amy was impressed with how the young people equipped themselves and interacted on the course.

She said: “All the young people took the course very well and they worked extremely hard to pass the course.

“The team building exercises really worked as ice breakers and introductions to the course and to each other.

“This helps with the young people’s confidence and also their interaction with each other.”

But it wasn’t all just fun and games, as Amy explained.

She added: “As soon as the assignments and assessments started the young people were really focused on their work, learning and doing what was needed to pass the course.

“There were some excellent talks from professionals, which they all enjoyed and they took lots of notes at these sessions, so they had plenty to take away with them.”

Jocelyn accompanied the young people to all the sessions and she reserved special praise for Sophie, 18, who showed particular aptitude for the duration of the course.

She said: “Sophie’s work and attitude towards the Franklin course has been outstanding.

“She has made such a contribution that all the tutors involved in the course have praised her for her work.

“A guest speaker from Humberside Police came into do a presentation about Hate Crimes and Sophie sat for three hours, engaging and fully contributing towards the talk – it was remarked at the end of the talk how much of a pleasure Sophie is to work with.

“Sophie also passed her Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering, which she is very proud of.”

And Jocelyn revealed that the young people are moving forward onto a course where they can earn GCSEs in English and Maths.

She added: “We are now moving on to a Key Skills course where our young people can earn GCSEs in both English and Maths.

“This is an open-ended course with no strict timescale, which means it works with all skill levels and takes away some of the pressure from young people that may not be as confident as others.

“But this course will be vital for their future development, especially as they look to move into employment.”