Our Employment Training and Skills (ETS) courses provide young people with skills and qualifications they can build on and develop throughout their working life. 

In partnership with employers, schools, colleges and charities, we train and support over 3,000 young people every year through 20 specialist services. We provide courses, support and careers advice, whether you're interested in construction qualifications or a hairdressing apprenticeship.

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If you're a young person looking to enter employment, we work with you on an individual basis to find the best training and employment opportunities in your area. 

And then, once you are in training or work, we give you ongoing support to make sure it's all working out for you. From help with application forms to interview techniques, Barnardo's is there to offer support every step of the way.

As well as providing specific qualifications, employability skills, and career advice and guidance, we also offer apprenticeships programmes. 

Tuition Fund

Barnardo’s has additional funds made available by the Department of Education to provide small group tuition to those 16-19 Learners whose courses and/or learning was disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes English and/or maths and vocational courses where assessment was deferred.

Therefore Barnardo’s will give priority to these groups and individual learners who will benefit from additional small group tuition including those learners with an identified additional learning need. Content will be designed to meet each learner’s individual needs and will be in addition to any planned hours as part of the learners 2020/2021 Study Programme.

Remote Education Offer 2020-2021

This information has been provided to support understanding of what learners, parents and carers should expect during periods of service closure or learner isolation relating to (COVID-19).

We have worked closely with our learners to ensure they are all familiar with their online learning environments and have had the opportunity to experience online, remote delivery.We have also taken the time to get to know learners who have barriers to remote online learning due to lack of a suitable device or internet connectivity and have either loaned a device or provided alternative arrangements to enable all students to achieve to their full potential.

Further detail on specific areas of delivery and the remote education offer can be found available for download at the bottom of this page.

Learn how we help you to gain the knowledge and qualifications you need in order to start a successful career.

Useful links

For contact details of our ETS services across the UK, see our ETS services page.

Read about the success of the Fit for Work programme.

Ofsted ranked our England ETS services as Good - read the report.

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SDS (Skills Development Scotland) ranked our Scotland ETS services as Very Good - read the report.

make trax

make trax equips 16-25 year olds with the skills, confidence and ambition to pursue their goals of finding employment, further education, or training. We run this programme in partnership with Asphaleia, Gingerbread83, and The Princes Trust in Brighton and Hove, Crawley, Croydon or Worthing. It is funded by the European Social Fund.

The make trax programme has helped me gain a lot in confidence, which has helped to put myself in social situations I’d never of put myself in before I started the programme.

make trax participant

We have focused our provision on young people facing complex barriers, who we know need additional support to achieve their dreams and ambitions. This includes care leavers (17 per cent of the cohort, with a further 17 per cent still in care), and young people with mental ill-health (35 per cent of the cohort).

We do this through a tailored package of support to meet individual needs, including:

  • one-to-one work to understand a young person’s needs and ambitions
  • group sessions to develop skills needed in the workplace
  • CV clinics
  • job interview preparation
  • activities to increase confidence
  • work placements.

We know there are many barriers that young people furthest from the job market face, which is why we also help with costs like childcare, travel, and other expenses.

Interested? Speak to the make trax team

Our partners

European Social Fund, Education & Skills Funding Agency, Big Lottery Funding, Fair Train Gold Standard, CashBack for Communities, Skills Development Scotland.

Interested in partnering with us? Speak to the team today

Our subcontractors

DfE 16-19 Study Programme sub-contractors 2022/2023 academic year

Barnardo’s Employment, Training & Skills is seeking expressions of interest from organisations who wish to enter into a sub-contracting relationship to deliver the DfE 16-19 Study Programme to young people aged 16-19 years (or 19-25 with an Education and Health Care Plan)

This will include the most vulnerable and those at risk of becoming or disengaged from education, employment, and training.

We welcome applications from those providers who deliver in Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside, particularly in areas of high deprivation and in sector priorities where there are gaps in provision.

Providers will have a proven track record of engaging and working with learners, including the most vulnerable, delivering qualifications including maths and English to GCSE level, in order to secure excellent outcomes including qualification success and progression to positive destinations.

Any suitable provider will be able to demonstrate enhanced opportunities for learners, fill gaps in niche provision, or provide access to high quality provision. Providers will also have good links with local employers and have access to work experience placements.

  • The 2022 2023 Provider Suitability Questionnaire must be returned to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 20 May 2022.
  • The 2022 2023 Barnardos Study Programme Provider Expression of Interest must be returned to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 10 June 2022.
  • This contract will commence on 1 August 2022.

Our current sub-contractors include: Resources North East, Northumbria YA, Skills North Tyneside