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Employment, training & skills

Barnardo’s employment, training and skills (ETS) services equip young people with the skills, confidence and ambition to find work and pursue a career. In partnership with employers, schools, colleges and charities, Barnardo’s trains and supports over 3,000 young people every year in 20 specialist services. We are known for working with some of the most vulnerable children and their families; with specialist knowledge and expertise, we are able to help young people on their journey into adult life.

Employment, training & skills

Barnardo’s employment, training and skills (ETS) services equip young people with the skills, confidence and ambition to find work and pursue a career. In partnership with employers, schools, colleges and charities, Barnardo’s trains and supports over 3,000 young people every year in 20 specialist services. We are known for working with some of the most vulnerable children and their families; with specialist knowledge and expertise, we are able to help young people on their journey into adult life.

Why work with Barnardo's ETS team?

  • Strong relationships with employers that provide a pathway into employment for young people
  • Knowledge and proven experience of helping vulnerable young people pursue sustainable careers
  • We only work with quality employers and trainers. Our employment, training and skills services have received a 'good' grade by Ofsted
  • We are on the register of apprenticeship training providers

Key benefits for ETS service users

  • Dedicated network of specialist partners to help young people back into education, training and employment
  • Bespoke support to encourage participants to take the first steps along their career path
  • Ongoing support for participants in their journey to work, and in their first year at work
  • Increased independence and enhanced self esteem

From criminality to a bright future in sport

John was dishearted with learning, and with the group of people he socialised with, he was heading down a path of criminality. He had no direction or aspirations for the future.

We worked with John on a one-to-one basis and helped him address some of the issues his friends were creating for him, and helped him focus on his future and build his self belief. He started to distance himself from the friends who were having a negative impact.

Our individual learning plan helped him achieve Level 1 in functional maths, functional english and sports, and he is now in college continuing his interest in sports working towards his Level 2 award.

"I didn't believe that Barnardo's would help me to achieve, but they did" - John

Building skills and confidence

Our Palmersville centre highlights the importance of vocational training to help deliver skills for life and employment. Attending the centre helped boost Ryan’s confidence as well as helping him to secure an apprenticeship.

A placement at a local painter and decorator firm in Whitley Bay helped Ryan learn many new skills such as preparing surfaces, different painting techniques, how to hang lining paper, and the importance of health and safety on building sites. Over time, Ryan gradually gained confidence and improved his skills and techniques. As well as attending his placement and working to a high standard, Ryan also regularly attended Barnardo’s Palmersville centre to complete his practical theory work.

When I first started my apprenticeship I was anxious and had little confidence in myself. Learning painting techniques, basic construction skills and how to erect a platform has been really useful -Ryan

Related ETS Links:

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Barnardos Palmersville Service

The team at Palmersville training has been running successful learning programmes for over 20 years

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