Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebell Training Sessions

We’re pleased to share some great news with you about our YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebell Training Sessions qualification. We’ve listened to your feedback, and we’ve changed the assessment requirements, as requested, to include two key movement variations that learners must now incorporate into their training sessions: 
•Unilateral and bi lateral 
Thanks to your feedback, this small change will make a big difference to the quality of learning on the course.  


Do you need to cover the ‘Prevent Duty’ in your training programme?

For those centres who need to cover the ‘Prevent Duty’ the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) have launched Side by Side, the Prevent duty online modules are for learners across the FE and training sector. These are DfE funded so can be used free of charge. 
There are four modules: 

  • Radicalisation and extremism 
  • Online safety 
  • What can you trust? 
  • British values

You can access the modules at www.etflearners.org.uk

Our plan to boost UK activity levels: fantastic new YMCA Awards qualifications in sport, leisure and recreation

One of the biggest challenges faced in the UK today is encouraging people to get off their sofas and become more active. Almost one third of adults fail to meet the minimum level of activity recommended; whilst almost one in five children are classified as obese by the time they leave primary school. With obesity levels on the rise, how can we tackle these worrying trends?


Coming soon: Updated Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work qualifications

We constantly refresh and revise our qualifications to make sure they meet industry requirements and our own high standards. From 1 October 2017 we are replacing the Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work qualifications with new, improved versions to bring them up to date with the latest guidelines.

What’s the difference between the old qualifications and the new versions?


Just launched: Level 2 Award in Delivering Chair-based Exercise manual

YMCA Awards are delighted to announce that our Chair-based exercise manual is now available.  

This new edition to our portfolio explores: 

•    The values and principles of adult social care, current perspectives and benefits

•    The value of chair-based exercise with frailer older adults and disabled adults

•    How to plan, deliver and reflect on providing chair based exercise with individuals and groups

 + much more - a real must for everyone studying and wanting to refresh knowledge. 


Unlocking the Potential of Digital Learning

We conducted a study with 26 further education centres to find out about the key issues faced by centres today. We wanted to understand their concerns for the future, any obstacles blocking the efficiency of their delivery, as well as their attitude towards digital.  The general consensus reveals that while digital tools are welcome, some find it difficult to integrate them into their delivery. Furthermore, colleges aren’t reaping the full benefits of these tools.


Our response to the spring budget

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 education routes for more than half of UK occupations have been left out in the cold.



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