Learning By Doing – with a twist

YMCA Wolverhampton

Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall

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Where is it?

Each hub across the Black Country and various locations as appropriate to chosen field.


Timetabling will depend upon the activity, the location and the ideas of the young person.

Overview of Support offered

A practical approach to learning
A brilliant opportunity to experience your choice of employment to test out whether this is something that you would want to pursue. Not only would you experience this as a taster but you will also get the opportunity to plan an activity that relates to your practical choice of employment. The twist – something different, this will involve you managing a budget and planning an exciting activity that relates to your chosen area of employment or interest. The activities could include:

  • Motor Maintenance
    Under the bonnet – hands on experience working alongside experienced technicians/ motor mechanics. Over the bonnet – body work technician. The something different – the twist – would be a racing experience, visit to a motor museum, go-karting or visiting a main dealership such as Jaguar Landrover, BMW, Mercedes etc.
    The package can apply to other areas such as Property Maintenance etc.
  • Shabby Chic Restoration
    Giving old furniture new life, recycling the unwanted. Learn sanding techniques, painting and how to present furniture in a way that is saleable. Something different could be to visit shabby chic shops in Wales with the option of a surfboarding experience.
  • Vintage Clothing
    Obtain stock, make alterations, explore how to sell on eBay and carry out research. The something different could be a visit to Camden Market or Museum of Fashion and producing a fashion show inviting key retailers to observe the work you’ve done.

These are some examples but the main objective is that the activity is designed by you. It is a “taste and see” experience to improve sector specific knowledge and encourage you to take the next step on your journey with more confidence.

We have designed this programme with an emphasis on employment and enterprise and with progression in mind. As well as work tasters to discover hidden talents, we will support elements of Literacy and Numeracy if this is required to take forward your chosen career.

Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability

Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me   I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way

Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No. 1   Maximum No. 5

What equipment should I bring?


Outcomes expected

You will have a real experience, not only of learning, but also broadening your horizons and move you out of your comfort zone in a none threatening way. Experiencing something different will encourage personal growth. It will support the work of your mentor to keep you on track with regard to learning, employment and training.