15 July 2017

World Youth Skills Day - How we're helping young people in Kent

Across the world, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Research by the government showed that at the end of 2016, 11.5% of 16-24 year olds were not in employment, education or training. As a charity focused on supporting people into work, RBLI are working to combat this, and this year began delivering skills training to young people across Kent. To celebrate World Youth Skills Days please see highlighted below some of the opportunities RBLI can offer.

RBLi is working with Skills Training UK, the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund to provide skills training to people aged 16-24 in the Kent area. In key towns, including Chatham, Margate and Tonbridge, RBLI is offering free accredited Functional Skills training in English, Maths and ICT. These key qualifications are vital for young people looking for work - many employers ask for this level of skill (Functional Skills Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE Grade A*-C) when looking to employ someone. Additionally, functional skills are a requirement for an apprenticeship (an individual must have achieved functional skills tio pass their apprenticeship qualification).

RBLI are also offering other vocational qualifications for free, including Warehousing and Storage, Customer Service, Business Administration, Retail, Occupational Health and Safety and Food Safety.

All of RBLI's courses for young people are:

  • fully funded – (see eligibility criteria above)
  • flexible
  • accredited by NCFE
  • tailored to meet the needs of each individual
  • offer 1-2-1 specialised support throughout

If you are a young person interested in free skills training, please contact RBLI's skills team on: skills@rbli.co.uk or ring Adel Harden, RBLI Training Manager, on 07702914865

Find out more about other support RBLI is providing to people who are out of work at: https://www.rbli.co.uk/page/back-to-work-support

You can also find out more about RBLI's employment support for veterans, LifeWorks, at www.wearelifeworks.org.uk