Training & Education

We work with many who have suffered homelessness or come from tough or disadvantaged backgrounds, but also plenty who just are young people looking for some fun activates. Ranging from housing, youth work and counselling to health and fitness and Instructor Training, we have something for everyone.

Access to Employment (A2E)

Access to Employment is a project supporting Peterborough Citizens on their journey towards employment, education or training.


The project has no age limit and can work with people 1:1 from any background or individual circumstances.  We provide a unique and flexible service to be able to work with people efficiently and effectively.

We offer a range of support including

  • CV writing
  • Local employment opportunities
  • Supported job searching and application form writing
  • Interview techniques
  • Confidence building

Where we work

  • Seetec – Work Programme. Assisting hard to help customers who are long term benefit claimants.
  • Peterborough Prison – We run a session for female prisoners who are due for release. This session focuses on CV writing, applying for work and how to disclose a criminal record.
  • Genesis Housing – Drop in employment and benefits service to the residents of Mayors Walk Supported Housing
  • Axiom – Drop in employment and benefits service to the residents of Fairview Court supported housing.
  • Peterborough Foyer – Drop in service for residents of Axiom Foyer
  • Outside Links – Drop in service for clients who have just been released from prison. Here we help with CV’s and applying for work.
  • YMCA Time stop – Dedicated advisor for the residents of Time stop Hostel. We run a Wednesday evening jobs club for the residents to co-inside with their chaotic lifestyles.
  • Carezone – Supporting the charity with their workshop staff, the majority of people who work there are on volunteering or work placements from the Job Centre. Here we work with the clients who are due to finish and support them in applying for paid work.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau- We have linked in with Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau and are registered on their “referent” online service. Over 30 outside agencies are all connected to be able to support the client and signpost to other agencies to manage barriers. Eg housing, debt. We are used as an Employment service and have helped fill in job applications, interview practice and CV writing.
  • Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough – We are part of the TWIP group which sees local agencies come together and access the worklessness situation in Peterborough and plan events to be able to meet identified needs in the community.
  • Westwood Jobs Club – We support a weekly jobs club in Westwood, run by Cross Key Homes. We support with all employment help.
  • The Skills Service – We attend events run by the Skills Service which enables us to work in schools and work with young people who are due to leave school or think about their options. We have worked in The Peterborough School. Thomas Deacon Academy, Arthur Mellows School, Kings School, Deepings School and the Voyager.

A2E Service Benefits:

For clients:

  • Builds confidence
  • Plans job search
  • Reduces homelessness
  • Reduces sanctions
  • One dedicated advisor through the journey
  • Flexible appointment times to co-inside with chaotic lifestyles 

For Employers:

  • An available pool of people actively seeking employment
  • A direct point of contact for opportunities to be advertised around the city with no cost
  • Able to recruit for positions, similar to an agency but free of charge.

Local Community

  • Encouragement for people to actively volunteer and contribute to their local community
  • The project supports all of the community with employment and training needs
  • Gives more people support into positive activities

Since January 2015, we have

  • Engaged with 209 people
  • Written, updated and strengthened 185 CV’s
  • Delivered interview techniques to 45 people
  • And supported over 30 job applications

If you think you, or someone you know, need extra support in employment searching, or want to seek guidance please phone us on 07812 656 418 or email hannah.dalgarno@theymca.org.uk or amy.pannell@theymca.org.uk  on how we can help you.

Fitness Instructor Training Courses

Our courses provide individuals with the skills and confidence to become qualified instructors in Exercise to Music, Gym Instructing and Personal Training. Students study the theory online in their own time, with the support of an online tutor to guide them through any problems or questions. Once this theory course has been completed, students can book their place on the next practical course. These are run at the Cambridge branch of the YMCA.

Click here to browse our Fitness Training Courses

Emergency First Aid at Work for Appointed Person

Wherever they work and whatever they do, people need to be safe at work

Caring for people’s safety involves prevention as well as being prepared for emergencies such as sudden illness and accidents. This course is designed for all those who are required to administer emergency first aid in the workplace. The course complies with HSE requirements and is valid for three years.


No previous first aid experience is necessary


Where an employer’s assessment for First Aid needs identifies that a First Aider is not necessary, the minimum requirement is for an employer to appoint a person to take charge of the First Aid arrangements. This includes looking after the equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. In the absence of First Aiders, employers must appoint a person for this purpose. Please note, it should be remembered that Appointed Persons are not First Aiders (see the First Aid at Work course).

The 1 day course is held in Cambridge and covers:

  • What is first aid?
  • First aid in the workplace
  • Responsibilities of the appointed person
  • Action at an emergency
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the recovery position
  • Signs and symptoms and how to deal with them


The formal assessment is carried out at the YMCA in Cambridge during the one day course.

To enrol on this course please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

For group or corporate bookings, please contact Julie.Martin@theymca.org.uk


First Aid at Work

For anyone wanting a comprehensive introduction to First Aid

This course covers the practical skills needed by a first aider in the modern workplace and will give you the confidence and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies. First Aid coverage in the workplace is a legal requirement. This 3 day Health and Safety Executive approved course complies with the HSE (First Aid) Regulations of 1981 and is valid for three years.


No previous first aid experience is necessary


The 3 day course is held in Cambridge and covers:

  • What is first aid?, first aid in the workplace, responsibilities of the appointed person, action at an emergency, primary assessment, secondary assessment, breathing and circulation, principles of resuscitation, disorders of respiration
  • Disorders of circulation, wounds and bleeding, bites and stings, disorders of consciousness, foreign objects, incident management
  • Burns and scalds, bones, joint and muscle injury, poisoning, effects of heat and cold, child and baby life support
  • Casualty management, resuscitation procedures
  • Written and Practical Assessments
To enrol on this course please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

To arrange a group or corporate booking, please contact Julie.Martin@theymca.org.uk

Level 3 YMCA Award in Education and Training

This qualification replaces the QCF Level 3and 4 awards in Preparing to teach in the life long learning sector (Pttls)


Target Candidates

To provide and introduction to teaching and to prepare an individual for employment in a specific occupational area.

Course Description

You need to achieve 12 Credits from a combination of Units.


  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training.
  • Understanding and using inclusive teacbing and learning approaches in education and training.
    • Facilitate learning and development for individualsFacilitate learning and development in groups


  • Understanding the principles and prctices of assessment

A 4 day course held in Cambridge or Peterborough

Assessment Specification

  • Written Article
  • Knowledge Questions
  • Worksheets
  • Prersentations
  • Micro Teach sessions

For enrolment or more information please contact Julie Mills on 01223 273813 or email julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

BBO - Employability Programme

The Employability programme takes a personalised approach with a tailored package of support interventions, with participants involved in planning their own route. Services include coaching & mentoring, financial advice & guidance, structured and accredited learning, work placements, volunteering, employability support, and practical interventions such as providing transport, childcare, equipment and interview clothes. Support is specifically targeted at underrepresented groups and those with additional barriers to participation.