• Posted: 21 March 2017
    An Open Letter from Rob May, Director of YMCA Awards After very careful consideration, I have decided to leave YMCA Awards, but I leave it in safe hands with a very talented team at the helm. I will be taking on a new challenge, having been appointed CEO of the ABE Awarding Organisation, an...
  • Posted: 09 March 2017
    By Rob May, YMCA Awards Director. The Chancellor’s spring budget includes a glaring oversight. The pledge to pump £500 million into the introduction of new so-called ‘T-Levels’ – technical qualifications, as an alternative to A-Levels for 16 to 19-year-olds means that classroom-based vocational...
  • Posted: 02 August 2016
    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) recently issued a Post-16 Skills Plan which sets the scene for what will be a far-reaching reform of the skills system. The Skills Plan takes the recommendations made by an Independent Panel on Technical Education (commissioned in November...
  • Posted: 20 July 2016
    21 students from across the UK competed at Loughborough University’s Holywell Fitness Centre, in a bid to become one of the 14 WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition finalists for 2016. 12 Gym Instructors and nine Personal Trainers competed and all demonstrated their skills, knowledge and...
  • Posted: 19 July 2016
    In an ever expanding industry and such a fast-paced field, it can seem like a mammoth task to start a new business and most importantly, achieve longevity. But despite a crowded market, there are still many opportunities to make it happen. Here are my top five insights to help you get started with...
  • Posted: 09 May 2016
    YMCA Awards has earned a reputation for pushing boundaries. Hardly surprising when you consider that we’re part of a movement which has been at the forefront of social policy reforms for more than 175 years. A movement which has often challenged conventional thinking, and at times taken...
  • Posted: 29 April 2016
    Leading awarding organisation YMCA Awards will be sponsoring the Association of College Sport (AOC Sport) Fitness Trainer Competition for Gym Instructors in 2016. YMCA Awards originally set up the Fitness Trainer Competition to showcase high standards of Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers...
  • Posted: 11 February 2016
    Last week saw the news that FE colleges may be able to sell assets and reinvest the proceeds in technology; see here for more information. The debate on social media afterwards suggests there’s a bigger policy discussion needed here.  It’s an interesting development because it crosses a line –...
  • Posted: 04 January 2016
    Bob Harrison joins board to help steer charity through digital transformation Bob Harrison, has been appointed to the board of trustees at Central YMCA – which includes the awarding organisation YMCA Awards as an operating division. Harrison brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been...
  • Posted: 02 December 2015
    Training providers delivering exceptional quality in the leisure sector will be recognised in a new initiative from YMCA Awards, ‘Platinum Partners’, which aims to help employers and learners quickly identify training providers dedicated to offering high quality courses, amidst the hundreds of...

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