For over 25 years we have been training school leavers on the main government youth training programme, which is currently known as Skills for Life and Work. This programme provides 16 and 17 year olds, with some amazing life skills and training in a vocational area of their choice. They can chose from over 15 different subject areas to study so there is something for everyone, from Business to IT, Hair to Beauty, Catering to Retail, Joinery to Plumbing and much more – plus all classes are small, friendly groups, taught by kind and supportive tutors.

We have invested a lot over the last few years to create amazing facilities in-house for the students- we offer fully operational hair salons, barber salons, beauty academy, catering kitchen and construction academy for the more practical and hands on side of the course- the students spend a minimum of one day a week learning the practical skills of their chosen area and can also avail of time spent each week in a work placement too, once they are ready!!

We know too well that the jump from leaving school to the workplace can be a tough move and many are nervous about this, but we find they transition very well to People 1st this course gives students the skills to adapt – they learn so may new things, gain confidence, new friends and really just enjoy learning in a structured but relaxed environment. If they need support with essential skills of English, Maths and ICT we can also help with that!

We have 6 branches that offer the Skills for Life and Work school leavers training programme- Belfast South, Belfast West, Lisburn, Lurgan, Portadown and Newry. Enrolment is currently open for all courses and will run throughout the summer so if you would like to talk to a friendly face in your local branch then please contact the following team members, who are always happy to chat you through the options:

Belfast South- Conor on 07714433072 or [email protected]

Belfast West- Padraig on 9030 3986 or [email protected]

Lisburn- Tomás on 07856422489 or [email protected]

Lurgan- Sarah on 07999023125 or [email protected]

Portadown- Ciaran on 3886 8423 or [email protected]

Newry – Jason on 07999024913 or [email protected]

Apply online and find out more information here: https://bit.ly/3agfqOT

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