Progressions Leeds has a fantastic range of courses

There are courses for 16-18-year-olds near you starting this August here in Leeds.

Progressions courses start this August for 16-18 year olds in the Leeds area
Progressions courses start this August for 16-18 year olds in the Leeds area

If you’re aged between 16 and 18 and are looking for training to get you on the next step towards employment, then a course with Progressions UK, could be just what you’re looking for.

With Further Education training centres in Basildon, Lowestoft, Rotherham, Sheffield and in Leeds, run by sister company, Progressions UK, LifeSkills is an Ofsted-graded ‘good’ learning provider and voted as the 26th best small company to work for in the UK.

Progressions UK is based in Leeds city centre and close to the train station and all bus routes. It offers courses in health and social care – a real skills-gap in the city – and in employability, a course where you will gain knowledge, qualifications and understanding on what skills employers are looking for as well as work experience to put what you have learnt into practice – We also offer traineeships, which are job placements with local employers and are a great way of getting onto an apprenticeship or into work.

The courses give you the skills and work experience you need to kick-start your career

While on the course you will also improve your maths and English skills, take Functional Skills exams and can re-sit your GCSE if not achieved a grade 4 or above.

Who is Progressions UK?

Progressions UK was formed to help create brighter futures for the young people they work with. Its three core values that the business is built on are:

- To promote and deliver a culture of care for everyone

- Support, listen and respect each other

- Be open, honest and do what we say we will

Progressions UK is about equipping learners with the skills they need in the modern world to get the jobs they want – and the statistics from last year speak for themselves.

82% of learners went on to a job, apprenticeship or further / higher education programme.

87% of learners achieved a qualification

94% of learners surveyed would recommend LifeSkills to their friends

93% of learners surveyed were happy with the support LifeSkills provides

92% of learners believe their views are listened to

How does it work?

With courses starting in August, you can sign up now. For starters the learning is free – funding comes from the government, and there are meal vouchers and travel payments available. Students don’t sign up at a particular time of year – you start at any time and courses can last for one to two years depending on the requirements of each individual.

The courses are 16 hours per week (more for traineeships), so you can fit in part-time work or caring responsibilities around those hours.

It’s not a traditional ‘college’ environment. Qualifications – usually at level 1 and level 2 (which is equivalent to a GCSE) - are taught with other core subjects, such as maths and English, incorporated into that training. We are here to offer guidance and develop knowledge and skills. And the way we design the courses is around individuals’ needs. We are not here to say, ‘You must do this’; we are saying, ‘What do you want to do?’

The employability courses teach more about different types of jobs, how to land a job – those skills needed to make yourself employable. The health and social care course will develop your knowledge and awareness of the types of jobs and provision in the Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sector. Understand the role played by workers in the sector, including principles and values through to health and safety and working with others. Develop core knowledge relevant to health and social care, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the health and social care sector and across other business sectors.

Whilst the traineeship is work placement in your chosen field for four days per week and one day in the Progressions UK centre – it might be health and social care, but it might be an office or a garage – it’s all dependent on your desires and ambitions.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds – some may have left school with few or no qualifications, others may have qualifications but have been unable to find employment.

Find out more or apply now

The centre is at 11 York Pl, Leeds LS1 2DS. Prospective students, parents of student’s, carers, youth workers or partners take a look at our website today or call on 0113 242 6688 and get in touch to arrange a visit or for a chat to get more detail.