The Horizon project works with young people aged 13 to 19 [or 25 if they have learning disabilities, some of our trainees are disadvantaged or vulnerable] enabling them to gain vocational and personal skills and accredited qualifications, helping them back into school, further training or work.
Skilled trainers, key workers and functional skills tutors provide one-to-one intensive support, building confidence, addressing individual problems and overcoming barriers to learning, such as behavioural or emotional issues or poor literacy and numeracy. Sports, outdoor trips and community projects carried out by the trainees all help to keep them highly engaged and motivated.
Trainees can also choose to engage in our Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme - open to all young people in West Kent YMCA and any other young person who would like to join in or attend our Juice Bar Youth Clubs.
This course can be up to 2 years.
You can achieve a City & Guilds level 1 qualification in Construction Skills - carpentry, City & Guilds Level 2 Techinicl award in Cnstructing and Maintaining the Built Environment, Functional Skills Maths and English up to Level 2, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and work experience.
The vast majority of learners progress to FE college, succeeding on mainstream level 2 courses, apprenticeships or work.