The centre offers a wide range of accredited training programmes designed to deal with the barriers that prevent many unemployed adults in progressing to full time employment. De-motivation and negativity characterise many of our clients who avail of the centre.
The YMCA works in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations to help assist the unemployed to make that transition to full time employment. The main aims and objectives of the Essential Skills project is to provide Literacy, Numeracy and Family Learning classes to participants from disadvantaged areas within the Targeting Social Needs wards of the Greater Lisburn Area.
All participants are encouraged to work towards a recognised accredited qualification at CCEA Entry Level and Levels 1 and 2 of the Adult Core Curriculum. The main aims and objectives of the Back To Work programme is to place participants in a working environment so they can gain relevant experience and improve their employability prospects. In addition to gaining a qualification, work experience, confidence building, improving social skills and motivating participants to focus on a life goal are also promoted as important elements of the learning experience. Providing a pathway to employment or further education is also an important objective underpinning the aims of the project.
Basic IT Introduction (OCR)
Text and Word Processing (OCR)
Adult Literacy (CCEA)
Adult Numeracy (CCEA)
Open College Network accredited programmes
Recognised International GCSE Centre
“Women Only Programme”
The Lisburn YMCA recognises the barriers impeding women from entering and progressing the labour market are, to mention a few, low pay due to tenderising of jobs, child care provision, unreasonable working hours, unfriendly family packages, sexism, glass ceiling and glass walls. YMCA also recognises not all women have the same opportunity to access facilities and services equally. (Gender Mainstreaming – Gender Equality Unit OFMDFM) therefore “Socio-economic status is also an important factor in educational performance, girls/boys who leave school with few or no qualifications are likely to follow stereotypically gendered paths.” (Gender Equality – Indicators for N.I. Jan 2004) Whilst the YMCA welcomes everyone to the project, it is the those who are most in need, marginalised and dis-advantaged, due to their socio/economic circumstances, geographical background that this project identifies. The project also identifies that young and older women, lone parents, the employed and unemployed who are not ready for mainstream training due to their lack of essential skills, and/or have been outside the world of education also creates a barrier to entry and progression within the labour market.