A group of seven young people have celebrated being the first in the city to complete the Plymouth City Council Youth Traineeship.
The nine week traineeship is delivered in partnership with the City Council, Plymouth Training and Consultancy and Focus Training. The programme includes five weeks at college, followed by a four week practical placement in a youth centre supporting other young people who are taking part in the popular Summer Mix programme.
They were all presented with their certificates by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sam Davey.
17 year old Aimee is one of the young people who took part in the programme, she said: “My experience in Honicknowle youth centre has been very positive and beneficial for me. It has helped me gain more confidence and I am now able to approach a person and speak to them. The Honicknowle team are really welcoming, as well as the young people. I have always wanted to work with young people and this experience has made me realise I made the right decision even though youth work was not what I wanted to do at the start.”
The aim of the programme is for the young people to prepare for access to a high quality apprenticeship programme and ultimately lead to longer term employment.
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “This programme is absolutely fantastic as it offers practical experience for the young people to develop their knowledge and understanding of working with children, develop their confidence, self-esteem and promote independence.
“The five weeks at college have also helped prepare them for their work placement and enabled them to embed all the learning and put this into practice, working alongside our experienced youth workers.”