GMB in partnership to help young people Reach Out to skills

A partnership between GMB Reach Out, TDB Training and St. Antony’s Centre is making a big difference to the lives of young people in Manchester. 

Reach Out Project Workers originally met with TDB in January to discuss training offers for GMB members working in warehousing and distribution. TDB had just secured funding to deliver Traineeship and apprenticeship programmes to young people not in education, employment or training; but they needed to find a local training provider that could deliver the English and maths qualifications which are an essential part of the programmes. 

Dave Flanagan, Senior Project Worker, immediately brokered a meeting with St. Antony’s Centre whom Reach Out had previously engaged to deliver accredited English, maths and ICT courses in the workplace. Within 4 weeks, a pilot traineeship programme had been launched with two local young men, David Travis and Anthony Byrne.

After leaving school without qualifications, both David and Anthony wanted to combine vocational training in TDB’s warehouse with the chance to gain English and maths certificates. The Reach Out team worked with the providers to ensure that a bespoke Traineeship was put in place, involving one to one support to build David and Anthony’s confidence and daily opportunities to develop and practice their skills in a real work environment. 

Within 6 weeks, both had successfully completed the programme and gained English and maths qualifications along with Level 1 NVQs in Warehousing. 

David commented:

I’ve really enjoyed the experience. My next step is to find work and then complete a Level 3 Supervisory course so I can build my career."

With the help of TDB staff and Reach Out Project workers, David and Anthony are now planning their progression into Level 2 apprenticeships and onward into full-time employment. 

Building on the success of this pilot, the project partners have recently engaged a group of four young men to start on a similar programme to equip them with the training, skills and experience to find work.