Dame Rosie Winterton visited YMCA Training Doncaster at Regent Square, where she met with Lady
Andree Deane-Barron, the Managing Director of YMCA Training, and was introduced to young apprentices.
The YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world, helping over 60 million people in 120 countries worldwide and has had a YMCA centre in Doncaster for over 150 years.
YMCA Training, as part ofCentral YMCA, has been providing work based training and employment opportunities since 1978 and is now one of the largest voluntary sector training providers in the UK, working with young people, some of whom may not have succeeded in mainstream education, with the transition from school to further study and into employment.
Dame Rosie Winterton visited YMCA Training Doncaster and met with some of the young apprentices who
told her about how they are getting on and what they would like to do in the future.
Rosie said “I always enjoy meeting with young people and finding out from them about their aspirations and dreams, and what they feel the issues are that they are facing. Today the young apprentices told me about the support and guidance that they receive from YMCA Training, and how the apprenticeships they are taking will shape their future lives.
It is really important that we ensure that training providers, like YMCA Training, are given the support they need, particularly in terms of investment in skills training, as apprenticeships play a vital role in enhancing life chances of working class kids and improving social mobility.”
Courses at YMCA Training include vocational training programmes, traineeships, apprenticeships and courses for employers, who are involved in the training process, helping to engage and raise aspirations of participants.
Last year YMCA Training Doncaster achieved 100% progression into employment from their apprenticeship