Sharks Community helping youngsters with their next steps following GCSE results day

Sharks Community Trust are actively seeking learners following the GCSE results day last week. Advantage Officers are preparing their programmes across the North West to help provide effective education and employability skills to young people, aged 16-18 who are unsure what to do or what their next step is in the current landscape.

Advantage is a post-16 training provider, delivered across the North West and operating out of several youth zones and community centres.  The programme specialises in providing training programmes for young people who have left school, who may not have gained any qualifications and are unsure about their next step. Combining tuition for a Level 2 Employability Qualification and Functional Skills in English and Maths with work placement, active enrichment and life skills. Advantage is now in it’s fourth year, working with over 100 learners across multiple every year, with more than 75% achieving a positive progression.

Jon Sproson, Advantage Programme Tutor

“Learners come to us, often not knowing what they want to do or how to progress. At Advantage, we work individually with participants to ensure they gain much more than qualifications and employment, we believe that it is equally important for them to gain inter-personal skills, life skills and more importantly believe in themselves.”

Des Howlett, Education Manager, is proud of the work his team do with young people.

“Advantage is a life changing education programme for individuals who the traditional education system does not fit.  Our whole programme is designed to help young people across the North West to gain positive progressions into employment, training or further education. We are proud that our Advantage Programme is able to continue supporting young people to much needed qualifications during this challenging period of isolation and social distance”.

For more information on Advantage or to join, please contact

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