The Youth Training Academy, established only two years ago to help young people to start careers in the creative and digital sectors, has been praised by a leading learning body.
Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body, which offers qualifications and testing in more than 85 countries, has awarded the academy Edexcel Centre status, after highlighting it as one of the UK’s top training hubs in its External Verifer (EV) report.
During its first two years, the Gateshead-based academy has worked with more than 60 employers, creating 180 jobs and apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds.
Initially, the academy’s remit was to work solely with the creative and digital media sector. However, it is since expanded to encompass activities across a wide range of industries.
The EV report said: “The YTA demonstrated several highly effective pastoral support strategies which were successful in retaining learners via employer involvement and pastoral care and guidance which is highly valued.”
It also referred to the academy as a “model of exemplar practise”.
Youth Training Academy managing director, Rob Earnshaw, said: “The unprecedented success the Youth Training Academy has achieved in the last two years has been phenomenal. We have engaged with some fantastic firms and this has reaped great rewards with 180 jobs created. Gaining Edexcel Centre Status on the back of a superb EV report tops off the first two years and gives us a real drive to continue to build what we are doing, developing talent and creating links between young people and exciting businesses.”