Apprentice opportunities at YMCA Southport

11th November 2015

Here at YMCA Southport, we are investing in the community by offering a range of apprenticeship opportunities to local young people.

After teaming up with Southport College, YMCA Southport aims to add to the apprenticeship we already provide by recruiting five apprentices to a host of exciting positions.

Initially, two opportunities are on offer: two in Early Years and with more apprenticeships to come in the near future.

Lee Humphreys, the Chief Executive here at YMCA Southport, said: “The YMCA is all about young people. We’re passionate about supporting them to thrive, live well and enjoy their lives. Education and training are a vital part of a young person’s journey into employment. We’re creating opportunities to make that happen at our local YMCA. By working with Southport College, we feel confident that we can deliver great learning opportunities for our young people helping them to secure bright futures.

YMCA Southport’s current apprentice, 17-year-old Emma Chatten, is working in the new nursery, which launched earlier this week.

She said: “My Early Years apprenticeship is the best thing I have ever done. I started in the Baby Room and am now working in the new nursery, which is brilliant – it has the most amazing facilities and staff and I am learning so much that will lay the foundations of a great career.”

Emma is completing the academic elements of her apprenticeship at Southport College, which is the community’s leading provider of further education and apprenticeship accreditation.

Lee said: “Emma is an outstanding member of the team. We are looking for apprentices of her high calibre as part of our commitment to the community, to families across Sefton and to the development of local young people.”

John Clarke, Principal of Southport College, added: “The apprenticeship model is vital to the future of the skills agenda in Sefton and by working with leading organisations, such as YMCA Southport, we can develop students with both the academic knowledge and practical skills to ensure that top quality services grow in our community.”

For more information about the work we do and the types of opportunities available, please do explore our website.

To find out about apprenticeship opportunities or studying at Southport College, visit


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