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Young men taking opportunity to learn skills

Eight young men aged 11 to 19 from Eccleshill have been awarded certificates for taking part in a programme to give them access to new skills and opportunities.

The young men received their certificates at celebratory event which took place at the Ravenscliffe Youth Centre on 21 March. Certificates were presented by Ward Councillor Ann Wallace.

imakljge1The programme, called Man Up Opportunity Knocks, has been funded by the National Lottery Awards For All fund. Participants who complete all the activities gain an AQA (Assessment and Qualification Alliance) accreditation.

The programme has been run jointly by Bradford Council and Core Skills Coaching, which is a community interest company, in partnership with incommunities with 15 young men participating overall in the activities. It gives young men the opportunity to take part in new activities, make friendships and explore different skills they may want to use in the future.

The activities that the young men took part in included golf, fishing, team building, health and fitness, biking, music production. They also took part in bricklaying, plastering, plumbing, and electrics at the incommunities training hub.

Callum, aged 14 from Ravenscliffe, said: “The programme gave me something to do, getting outdoors and having a great time with my mates doing things I’ve never done before. I learnt about different jobs that I might want to do when I’m older, like becoming an electrician or a plumber.”

Cllr Arshad Hussain, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “This is a fun programme with a serious side. It gives young men the opportunity to learn new skills and can help support them in making positive choices for the future. I want to congratulate them for taking part.”

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