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Skills  Programmes

2014 - Present

Our Skills work is centred on the belief that our young people should view themselves as leaders. By giving them this added responsibility, we are showing them that we have the confidence and belief in them that many of them have never felt from adults. We understand that our youth workers don’t have all the answers or capabilities to achieve this, so most of our skills work is done in cooperation with others such as engineers who give our young people the qualifications and skills to fix cars.

The Problem

Islington has the third highest level of child poverty in England – 36% - as measured by children living in income deprived households (behind Tower Hamlets and Middlesbrough): an improvement from second in 2010. Child poverty is closely linked to unemployment - just over a quarter of Islington children live in households where no one is in employment.

Our Approach

To break the cycle of unemployment and in turn poverty, we do three things. Firstly, we offer training opportunities to our older service users to become youth workers. This shows younger members that they too have the opportunity to transition in to paid work through working hard and gaining skills.


Secondly, we offer a range of CV enhancing opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh awards.


Finally, by working closely with parents and teachers we tie this work with our more targeted community programme which aims to build soft skills and encourage healthy lifestyles.

2018 Outcomes


gained mechanic accreditation


people working towards their level 1 in youth work


Duke of Edinburgh awards

Skills Projects

These are just a few of the projects we've got running at any given time. For a comprehensive list, contact 


We run a very successful mechanics scheme, an engagement and accredited learning and training programme for the motor industry directed at young people who are not achieving in a traditional educational environment.


Young people take a car through to its MOT whilst gaining an entry-level qualification to the motor industry and developing personal skills. Of the 50 young people taking this course, 48 have gained the qualification.

Young Leaders Programme

This gives young people aged 16 to 21 the opportunity to gain their ABC Level 1 Youth Work qualification and gain valuable volunteer face-to-face hours.


Throughout the course young people learn the skills required to become a youth worker such as safeguarding, first aid, health and safety, communication, teamwork, boundaries and session planning and then put all this to practise working with us in the Junior Hub or holiday provision.


The whole process takes around 6 to 8 months to complete and gives a valuable start into youth work or other employment.

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