YMCA form partnership with Newark College to expand education provision
Newark College has formalised a partnership with the YMCA to be an education partner in its new £15m Community and Activity Village.
From September 2022, the college’s sport and emergency light service provision will be run from the new YMCA Newark and Sherwood complex off Lord Hawke Way.
Adult education opportunities will be accessible seven days a week at the facility, including access to a designated hub to complete fully-funded online courses provided by the college.
In addition, 42 apprenticeships will be available in a range of subjects, including catering, health and social care, business administration, sport and fitness.
Martin Booth, director of education and training at Newark College, and Todd Cauthorn, executive director at YMCA Newark & Sherwood, signed the terms of the agreement at the YMCA Village on Thursday.
Mr Cauthorn said: “Educating young people through dynamic community programmes is the lifeblood of our charity’s mission, and so we are incredibly energised by this opportunity to partner with a leading local college to reach and support the needs of even more young people across the region.”
Penny Taylor, education and training lead at Newark College, said: “We are delighted to be expanding the college’s provision for the community through our partnership with the YMCA.
“By widening our community education offering, we are giving more members of the public the opportunity to retrain and reskill, or to enjoy further learning to support their health, well-being and personal development. In doing so, we aim to facilitate more local people finding work in their local area.
“We are particularly excited to be running a range of sport and emergency light service courses to utilise the YMCA’s first-rate facilities.”
Activities at YMCA Newark and Sherwood Community and Activity Village focus on three key areas — healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.
The village already houses two 3G football pitches, an athletics track and a multi-use games area.
The next phase of construction, which focuses on the main building of the complex, is due to be completed in spring next year.
It will see the introduction of a variety of services, including a nursery, café, art, music and media spaces, and an indoor sports hall with an Olympic standard climbing centre.