BrightSparks Awarded funding for Essential Skills for Working with Children and Young People Courses


We are pleased to announce BrightSparks have once again been awarded funding from the ESF Community Grants fund.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities. Funded activities are aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities. 

BrightSparks will be running our four day course, Essential Skills for Working with Children and Young People, in both Scarborough and Selby and aim to work with 30 people between September 2018 and February 2019, helping them to develop their confidence and employability skills, with the ultimate aim of supporting learners into employment or volunteering opportunities.

Through the previous ESF funding round this course ran three times in York, was oversubscribed and received great feedback. We were proud to support a number of learners into work and volunteering. 

The Essential Skills course provides an introduction to working with children and young people and covers:

- Understanding the children's workforce

- Managing challenging behaviour

- Dealing with trauma and attachment issues

- Employment and career development coaching

We help learners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence and to consider if working or volunteering in this sector is for them. On completion learners receive a certificate, plus one-to-one careers coaching to support them to take their next steps. 

Katie Simpson, who is leading the course said:

‘We are delighted to be offering the course in new areas across North Yorkshire. We offer a friendly, supportive and inclusive learning experience alongside ongoing support to help people to reach their potential, working in a really rewarding sector.’

Take a look at upcoming dates and book your place here.