Sharks Advantage - Powered by Central YMCA

Empowering young people to gain the advantage
If you’re 16-18 and looking to build your skills, get work ready and take your next step, this could be the programme for you.

Sharks Community Trust and Central YMCA have joined forces to expand the ‘Sharks Advantage Programme – Powered by Central YMCA’, an Employability programme for 16 to 18-year-olds who may not have had the best school experience, are unsure what to do after their GCSE's or need a helping hand in finding their next steps.

About the programme

At the Sharks Advantage Programme – Powered by Central YMCA we will work with you to find out what you’re interested in and where you want to get to. Then we’ll help you get there, supporting you every step of the way.

We know that employers look for more than just a qualification on a piece of paper. They want skilled, work ready and motivated individuals and that’s exactly what you’ll become if you come on the Advantage Programme.

Train with us and we promise to help you go above and beyond to reach your full potential and leave you ready for further studies or employment.

Your Programme will be made up of five parts

1. Employability Qualification

You will study towards a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Skills for Further Learning and Employment.

2. Work experience and employability skills

For 1 day a week you will have the opportunity to undertake meaningful work experience and skills development.

3. Personal and professional development

The programme is enhanced with a series of activities and tutorials that might range from CV writing to nutrition advice or planning how to rent your first flat.

4. Maths and English

If you have not yet achieved a grade 9-4 (formerly A+ - C) in GCSE Maths and/or English, you will continue to study these subjects at your level.

5. Support

We will give you full support to find your next step into training or employment.

“Advantage has been life-changing for me. I’m now in a job that I really enjoy and feel happy that I’m moving forward in my career."

Connor, Sharks Advantage Learner

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