A south east Northumberland charity has received a £10,000 grant to extend its youth programme.
Bedlington-based Trinity Youth Association, a leading youth and childcare charity providing services throughout Northumberland, received the funding through the Coalfield Community Grants programme from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The money will cover all tutorial and assessor costs associated with the Youth Work Level 2 certificate to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender units.
Personnel and training manager from Trinity Youth Association, Lisa Arnott, said: “We are so pleased to be in a position to offer this extended certification with the inclusion of new units.
“It is essential that we keep up-to-date and that we offer relevant and useful courses that will give people the necessary qualifications and training that they need to proceed in their chosen careers.
“Without the grant this just simply wouldn’t have been possible.”
Head of operations (England) at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock, added: “We know that unemployment is a common problem within coalfield communities and that is why it is essential that the courses offered are to the highest standards.
“It is with the support of organisations like Trinity Youth Association that we can be reassured that people have access to best in class training giving them greater employment opportunities moving forward.”