Join our live online Summer Programme this June and July

Explore your career options, be inspired and find your spark

Not too sure of your next step after your GCSEs?

Join our Free Online Summer Programme and explore possible career paths, improve your employability, meet new people and have lots of fun while you’re at it.

What is the YMCA Summer Programme?

This Online Summer Programme helps young people leaving school to:

Meet new people

Make new friends and meet tutors who can help inspire and guide you.

Improve your employability

Mock interview and games to build your confidence and improve your interview technique.


Better understand mental health, emotional wellbeing and stress

Explore your future

Get a taste of possible career paths, be inspired and take control of the next step in your education.


What's on

We've put together a series of live online activities running every Tuesday and Thursday via Google Classroom. Come along to a single session or join us for the whole month.

Week 1

Kick Off

Tuesday 29 June
10am – 12pm

Welcome & Induction to YMCA and what your Summer Programme will look like. What does the YMCA offer and who we are.


Thursday 1 July
1 – 3pm

Exploring the work of work and what is available, what are your options to achieve your goal.

Week 2


Tuesday 6 July
10am – 12pm

Better understanding mental health, emotional wellbeing, and stress.

Introducing Employability

Thursday 8 July
1 – 3pm

Initial Session to get a taste of working life and explore subjects and career paths you may be interested in.

Week 3


Tuesday 13 July
10am – 12pm

What are employers looking for, what is expected of a 16-18-year-old in the workplace.

Employment Law

Thursday 15 July
1 – 3pm

What am I entitled to as a 16–18-year-old employee and what are my right and responsibilities?

Week 4

Interview Prep

Tuesday 20 July
10am – 12pm

Mock interviews and games to build your confidence ad improve your interview technique.

Introducing Employability

Thursday 22 July
1 – 3pm

Initial Session to get a taste of working life and explore subjects and career paths you may be interested in.

Week 5

Progression Interview

Tuesday 27 July
10am – 12pm

If you decide to stay on with YMCA, you will take part in a face to face online interview to establish your progression options into 21/22.

CIAG or Initial Assessment

Thursday 29 July
1 – 3pm

Following your interview decision to commence with YMCA you will take part in Aptem onboarding with Initial Assessments or offered IAG and signposting to alternative options.

What are you waiting for? Book your space now!

Call one of our centres near you to book your space on our online sessions.

What next?

Good question. After the Summer Programme you could take a 12-month Study Programme where you could study for a vocational (practical) qualification and gain work experience. You could then start a Traineeship, a 6-month work placement in your chosen sector - a real job, with real responsibilities. Once you have a Study Programme and Traineeship under your belt you’ve ticked every box to prepare you to succeed in an Apprenticeship.

YMCA Training is part of Central YMCA making a difference in people's lives through education and wellbeing. We run vocational training courses that support learners to develop the skills, confidence and experience they need to be successful in their chosen career. We work primarily in careers in fitness, health care, horticulture, childcare, management and retail.