Education and Training Courses

Own your future with our career-focused courses
Whether you’re looking for an alternative to college or to upskill with an apprenticeship, we can help you take the next step.
Why study at Central YMCA?

We are a national charity a passion for developing people and over 177 years’ experience in training and apprenticeships. We are OFSTED accredited and our high-quality teaching, gold standard guidance and support, fantastic pass rates and clear progression routes will enable you to advance your skills and create a brighter future.

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Explore Our Programmes for 16-18

What our learners say


“I’ve always had a bad experience with education and never really enjoyed learning. Whether that was because of my anxiety or simply not getting along with the teacher. Joining YMCA has changed that, I love my tutor and I look forward to every session with her. I had a lot of support and reassurance throughout.” 

Study Programme learner


"I feel more confident stepping into the fitness industry and I have the knowledge needed to guide people on their fitness journey. I hope to inspire others to believe in their potential and that anything is possible. I believe in making fitness a lifestyle for everyone."

FTA Powered by Nike learner


"I came to YMCA because I was looking for a laid-back place with a person-centred approach. This is the first place I’ve felt supported and actually understood what I’m supposed to be doing. I now have a career path and am looking to start my Level 3 qualification."

Health and Social Care learner