Apprenticeships chosen over university by more young people than ever!

YMCA Friends launch apprenticesApprenticeships are making the news this month, with the BBC News Website explaining the rising popularity.

West Kent YMCA employs several apprentices across the organisation, including 5 undertaking Youth Work qualifications and 2 undertaking Fundraising qualifications as part of their on the job training and development.

All our apprentices are active and involved members of their teams, taking responsibility for many tasks and supporting each other through the process. The youth work apprentices work from our outreach project ‘Vehicle for Change’, connecting with young people in isolated locations across the area, helping to set up youth groups and signposting to employment, training and work opportunities and other support agencies and much more. Our fundraising apprentices help form a team undertaking tasks such as bid writing, event planning, co-ordinating individual giving such as sponsored activities, updating funders and planning PR and campaigns.

They attended our ‘Say Yes 2 Youth’ Campaign launch, meeting many V.I.Ps, partner organisations and our new Patrons.

Enthusiastic and energetic, an apprentice can be a great asset to any organisation, with competitions such as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ spurring them on to achieve more and be truly recognised in their field. One of the apprentices here at West Kent YMCA, Helen Campbell is a finalist for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ Love Where You Live Award!

Kent High Sheriff Lord Colgrain, who visited us recently, says : “I feel strongly about the training of young people, especially young offenders. The more we can get companies to set up apprenticeships the more we can help in that process, because there is going to be less and less government money available.”

West Kent YMCA encourages residents to seek employment and training, with many going into an apprenticeship as this is the perfect way to gain valuable qualifications and experience, making them strong competitors for many roles within the workplace and moving them forward in life.  Contact us to find out more on


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