Teenage skills courses

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YOUNG people in Wigan are being offered a unique opportunity to learn new skills to gain employment thanks to a new funding programme.

Wigan Council for Voluntary Youth Services (WCVYS) has received £88, 747 from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to run a Futures Programme for young people aged between 16 and 19 in the Wigan borough.

The Futures Programme is suitable for teenagers who may not have excelled in mainstream education and who now want to work on their literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, the course will also look at the young person’s interests and develop skills in these areas which will help when looking for work.

WCVYS are now looking for young people who would like to take part.

The course is delivered by trained youth workers and qualified teachers at the WCVYS base in Penson Street, Swinley. It will take place from 10am until 4pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and each course will run for 12 to 14 weeks.

Work placements can also be arranged for young people taking part.

Each course will take 12 participants and three courses will run throughout 2012. The first course will begin at the end of February.

Young people will have access to a learning mentor and a trained counsellor if they have any issues that are holding them back from getting on in the world of work. In addition, WCVYS also plays a key role in the development of voluntary youth groups across the borough by providing assistance with the recruitment and retention of volunteers, information on governance issues and funding streams.

For more information call WCVYS on 01942 825750 or email kelly.mills@wcvys.org.