Young people learning trade skills whilst helping the community

VIY challenges young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and employability skills through helping to fix local youth and community facilities in need of essential repairs and improvements.

Young people volunteering and learning new skills
Tradespeople mentoring and passing on their skills
Community facilities refurbished and transformed
344
Projects
completed
928
Mentors
involved
6,230
Young people
involved
3,827
Gaining vocational
qualifications

Participants are mentored by professional tradespeople and gain vocational accreditations as well as access to further training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities.

The majority of young people who take part and benefit are disengaged or excluded from mainstream education and training, at risk of disengagement, and/or unemployed.

Guy Martin gets 'hands on' with VIY

Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin and a camera crew recently visited four VIY project sites and the resulting four short films are now live on All 4/Channel 4 online - well worth a watch!

Guy is keen to encourage more young people to learn vocational trade skills and wanted to meet, and work alongside, young people doing just that at VIY projects across the country.

"I met great lads and lasses volunteering on all four projects. Their enthusiasm was a brilliant reflection of what the VIY scheme is all about. They all just just wanted to get on with it." - Guy Martin

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CASE STUDY National Volunteers' Week 1st-7th June 2019 Adele Oliver – a current VIY volunteer

Adele, aged 17, is among 26 young volunteers taking part in a VIY project to refurbish Stockton Cricket Club in County Durham. The project is being run with the support of Sport England’s Potentials Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund and the #iwill campaign. Adele is studying painting and decorating at Middlesbrough…

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