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Berkshire Youth Training Department

Our training department provides a range of opportunities for those working in youth work. We aim to continually review and improve the quality of provision and safe practice in our member clubs, by encouraging volunteers to attend our regular training events.

In addition, we provide a range of training opportunities for young people as part of our preventative and intervention services. The focus is to prepare young people for employment by encouraging them to remain in education and training (where appropriate).

We also provide training to targeted groups of higher risk young people, developing their life skills and a sense of community and, as a result, enabling them to make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.

The learning opportunities at Berkshire Youth can be provided in-house or externally. The course lengths vary from short to long and can be distance learning or may require a portfolio of evidence. Either way, we are here to support the development of youth clubs, leaders and young people. Berkshire Youth is always able to respond to individual and groups - given the right amount of notice.

The training department at Berkshire Youth has ongoing courses that support our club leaders. These include; Safeguarding Young People, Managing Risk, Equal Opportunities, First Aid and, of course, the popular pre-driver training programme – Motorwise

We also offer accreditation of young people’s achievements through the UK Youth Achievement Awards.

The training team at Berkshire Youth can offer you bespoke and off-the-shelf courses, which are designed and delivered to your youth clubs needs.

Training Courses 2017

24th April - Universal Safeguarding Children 6.00 - 9.00pm

16th May - Emergency First Aid at Work 10.00 - 4.30pm

12th July - Universal Safeguarding Children 6.00 - 9.00pm

13th July - Emergency First Aid at Work 10.00 - 4.30pm

18th September - Universal Safeguarding Children 6.00 - 9.00pm

3rd October - Emergency First Aid at Work 10.00 - 4.30pm

We also run the following training schemes throughout the year:

Motorwise - Young Learner Driving Programme

First Aid

Universal Safeguarding Young People

Leadership Training

School Council Training

Parish Council Training

Berkshire Youth Training for Clubs and Club Support

Youth Achievement Awards

How to run a Successful Youth Club

Sport Leaders Award

Working with Young Volunteers

An Introduction to Understanding & Managing Young People's Challenging Behaviours


Motorwise is an exciting course which has been developed with the aim of helping young people reach the age of 17 with a clean driving license and to survive beyond the age of 22 free from injuries caused by motor related incidents.

Its main objectives are to:

  • Reduce the number of young drivers involved in traffic related incidents
  • Raise the awareness of the hazards facing new drivers
  • Raise the understanding of the legal requirements when using a motor vehicle
  • Improve the knowledge of young drivers when purchasing a second-hand vehicle

If you are interested in motor vehicles and road safety, then this programme is for you.

The Motorwise course has five workshops:

  • Road safety - how to stay alive on the road
  • Buying a second-hand car
  • First at the scene of a crash – how to save a life
  • Streetwise - how to survive a year of motoring
  • Driving – driving real cars

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2 Day Paediatric First Aid

A two day course developed especially for those who work with or who are responsible for children and babies. It provides a sound knowledge of the first aid procedures necessary when working with younger people. The course equips participants with the ability to recognise and treat many childhood conditions and illnesses.

All successful participants will receive an approved Level 2 Paediatric First Aid at Work certificate, which is valid for three years.

Emergency First Aid at Work

This 1 day course is aimed at those persons who will be working with young people in the work place. It is recommended as the minimum requirement for all youth workers and those employed in environments for young people.

All successful participants will receive an approved Level 2 First Aid at Work certificate, which is valid for three years.

First Aid for Young People

This training is aimed at raising the awareness of young people to their role of possible lifesavers in any given emergency situation.

This is now offered as a SPLAT session and all participants receive a certificate of attendance from Berkshire Youth.

All First Aid training is delivered by NUCO certified Richard Jennings.

To book a First Aid course please call the office 01189 090927 OR email admin@berkshireyouth.co.uk

Training Booking Form

Universal Safeguarding Young People and Children

This course is designed for individuals who work with and around young people. It equips them with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to provide a place of safety for all young people. The course provides participants with an opportunity to discuss their responsibilities in relation to child protection issues and good practice around health and safety issues.

Youth Achievement Award

The Youth Challenge and the Youth Achievement Awards are an activity-based approach to peer education. The awards are designed to help develop more effective participative practice, by encouraging young people to progressively take more responsibility in selecting, planning and leading activities that are based on their interests. The peer group model encourages the development of a wide range of life skills through a flexible and informal approach.

The Youth Achievement Awards were introduced nationally in 1997 and are already well established in a wide range of youth organisations, schools and educational projects. Building on their success, the Youth Challenges were launched in 2002 - meeting the demand for a similar award for the lower age group. In all levels of the awards, young people are encouraged to take on progressive levels of responsibility through involvement in a wide range of self-identified activities.

The Youth Achievement Awards were initially established in the youth work sector as a means of recognising and accrediting young people's achievements through a peer group approach. More recently; schools, colleges, national charities, youth offender institutions, youth offending teams, Connexions partnerships and training providers are finding them an equally valuable tool in motivating and engaging their young people.

The Youth Challenges are internally certificated and are aimed at young people aged 11 to 14, although they may be appropriate for older or slightly younger people. The bronze to gold Youth Achievement Awards are aimed at young people who are 14 plus, with the platinum young leaders award being appropriate for young people of 16 plus.

The Youth Achievement Awards:

  • Recognise and accredit young people's achievements
  • Encourage progressive responsibility and ownership of learning
  • Provide a mechanism by which to measure the quality of work with young people
  • Reinforce good practice
  • Encourage participation and social inclusion
  • Use peer education

The awards enable young people to:

  • Enhance self awareness and self-esteem
  • Develop communication skills and resolve differences by negotiation
  • Get on with and work well with others
  • Explore and manage feelings
  • Understand and identify with others
  • Develop values
  • Plan ahead

For more information about the Youth Achievement Awards, please visit www.ukyouth.org/yaa.

Berkshire Youth, together with The vTeam, is actively seeking new ways to accredit and reward young people for their contribution to the community and the lives of others.

How to Run a Successful Youth Club

By the end of the course attendees will have a better understanding of Berkshire Youth & their services. Plus more confidence in setting up & maintaining a successful youth club. It will cover what we as an organisation do, how we can help set up a youth club, quality assurance tools, volunteers, youth participation, recognition and training.

Sports Leaders Awards

Sports Leaders Awards provides nationally recognised leadershipawards and qualificationsthat help people develop essential life skills such as organisation, motivation, communication and working with others. All of theawards and qualificationsare practical - learners learn by doing rather than through written work. Participants don't do exams - assessment is made upon a learner's ability to lead and demonstrate their leadership skills for a certain period of time, within a specific setting.

Learners don't need to be sports stars or prima ballerinas - instead an interest in their chosen activity, a positive attitude and a willingness to volunteer are all that is required.

Working with Young Volunteers

This course is designed for organisations or communities that are considering or currently working with young volunteers and want to create or enhance their current youth volunteering options. Following Berkshire Youth’s ‘Four R’s’ model, this engaging course will teach the participants about realising the need, recruitment, retaining and recognising young volunteers.

An Introduction to Understanding & Managing Young People’s Challenging Behaviours

By the end of this UK Youth inspired course attendees will have a better understanding of young people’s challenging behaviours & have some basic knowledge of managing them. The participant will go away with new ideas on how to deal with challenging behaviour and how to work alongside the young person to improve their behaviour.

To book a course or find out when the next one is being held please contact the office 01189 090927, email training@berkshireyouth.co.uk or complete our training form here.

Contact us to learn more about Berkshire Youth.

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Berkshire Youth – Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ.
Tel: 0118 909 0927. Email: admin@berkshireyouth.co.uk
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