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. 

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:

Resources North East, Northumbria YA, Skills North Tyneside