City Gateway Youth Projects
Limehouse Youth Club is a free drop-in youth club, next to Westferry DLR station, running evening and weekend sessions for young people. The centre includes a sports hall, music studio, Gateway Motion gym, 5-a-side pitch, pool tables, table tennis, video games, climbing wall and an IT suite.
The Youth Centre is one way we engage with young people and has become an integral part of developing young people's skills to get them ready for work. The centre acts as a place young people can come and stay active as well as learn new skills. They also gain opportunities for training and employment in an environment that they feel comfortable and safe in.
Our young leaders have become a crucial part of what we do here at City Gateway, they actively pursue the best for their community. Our group of Young Leaders help staff make decisions at every level of City Gateway; they develop session plans, give advice, and inspire and motivate young people to strive for more. The Young Leaders are the first in the country to win the gold award for Hear by Right and have helped City Gateway to achieve LSIS Beacon Status for being an example of national best practice.
The Youth Centre runs workshops on CV development which are run during the week where young people can gain advice about gaining employment. The centre also gives advice on other issues concerning young people today, such as sexual health, drugs and family issues.
We also work with the Duke of Edinburgh's award to help young people, aged between 14 and 24, to develop their skills through a balanced programme of activities which build confidence and self-esteem by encouraging social interaction and teamwork.
Training and Employment
Our Training & Employment programmes deliver holistic training, progression and support services to NEET and ‘at risk’ 14-24 year olds in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We deliver training in: Retail, IT, Customer Service, Sport & Fitness, Catering & Hospitality and Youth Work, from entry level through to Level 3. All trainees undergo an Initial Needs Assessment and Formal Learning Assessment when they start with us, which enables us to identify the level of training and support they require.
Our Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is a flexible 6-24 week programme, depending on each trainee’s level of skill and experience. During the course of their training with us, trainees achieve accredited units towards their Level 2 or 3 vocational qualifications, alongside Level 1 and/or 2 Functional Skills, Personal & Social Development group sessions and one-to-one Information, Advice and Guidance. Trainees also receive group and one-to-one employability training including, CVs, job search, job applications, interview technique, careers advice, insight tours of offices, and a minimum of 3 days relevant work experience. Trainees needing to improve their English also undertake work-focused ESOL at Entry Level 3. It is only after this that trainee’s progress onto apprenticeships.
Our apprenticeships last 26 weeks, or 52 if trainees do both Level 2 and 3 qualifications. Trainees enter paid apprenticeships whilst completing their Level 2 and 3 vocational qualifications. They also receive ongoing employability training, one-to-one IAG and extensive support to progress positively into permanent employment. Apprentices are placed either with one of our external employer partners, in one of our social enterprises or with City Gateway ourselves.
We offer full support both to trainees during their placement and also to their employer to ensure that the apprenticeship is beneficial to both.
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