Summer Learning in Merton

Merton’s Year 11 school leavers will have the opportunity to attend a free Summer Learning project starting in July.

The programme provides vocational courses for young people who will have the opportunity to try out different job taster sessions of their choice. School leavers can choose from filmmaking, music production, website design, sports and leisure, building trades, retail, administration, motorcycle mechanics, nails and beauty and many more. They will also receive advice on writing CVs and support to help them gain employment or a place at college in September where available. People who take part will also receive £5 if they bring a friend to join the course. Those who complete the course will also receive a free trip to Thorpe Park.

Over 100 School Leavers have previously completed the programme funded by the European Social Fund and the Learning and Skills Council. It is a joint venture supported by Merton College, Merton Council’s Youth Service, YMCA Training, Sutton and District Training, Commonside Community Development Trust, Grenfell Housing and organised by Prospects, a company who provide help and advice for school leavers.

Parents of Year 11 school leavers will also receive advice and information on how Child Benefit will end once their child has left school and how to complete the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) forms.

The Summer Learning coordinator Robbie Potter said: ‘The programme is a great opportunity for young people to learn about the different types of careers available to them once they leave school- and to give them a taste of what those jobs involve.’

Dave Hill, Merton Council’s Director of Children, Schools and Families Department said: ‘ This course gives Merton’s young people who are about to embark on the world of employment life chances to further better and develop their skills as they move forward. ‘

Young people wishing to book a place or wanting more information can:

TEXT: TEXT ‘interested’ and full name to 07736 699 707 or 077 4747 1538
PHONE: Contact Elaine or Robbie on 020 8254 3300 or 077 4747 1538
FACE-to-FACE: Visit the Connexions centre on Wimbledon Broadway