3 February 2015

Skills Training UK offers support for students who fall short in their GCSEs

School leavers in West London who don’t do well in their GCSE results this summer can find the support they need to continue into further education or employment by enrolling on Skills Training UK’s Positive Directions programme.

Developed especially for 16-18 year olds who have left school or college without many qualifications, and have not gone onto further education or found employment (NEET), the programme runs across West London from three centres in Wembley, Ealing and Hounslow.

Young people can improve their skills and gain work experience by completing either the Study Programme or a Traineeship through the Positive Directions programme, with the option to go on to an Apprenticeship, further education or employment.

Unlike school or college, participants can start at any time and Skills Training UK’s tutors work hard to re-engage the young people and help them decide what they want to do next through support, careers advice and tutoring. Participants improve their skills and confidence whilst gaining recognised qualifications and advice on CV writing and interview techniques.

The programme also provides the opportunity to complete a work experience placement with employers such as Sainsbury’s, Harness Care and Enderly Medical Centre. After completing the programme many of the young people go on to further education, apprenticeships or job placements, with some going on to work with household names such as Nike and Channel 5.

Abi Osho, Manager of the Positive Directions programme, said: “Many of our young people have not had the best of times during school. It’s not just about qualifications; in fact qualifications might be the last thing on their minds. We re-engage them, support them, give them a voice and mentor them. All of those ingredients are important.”

For more information see www.positivedirectionsuk.com

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