Last week I had a special few hours visiting the YMCA Training Salford, to meet learners, apprentices and businesses, and take part in their awards ceremony. I was amazed by the dedication of all who were there not least the YMCA staff and Dawn Branningan, Salford YMCA’s manager who received a special award for her decades of dedication.
Salford YMCA works with some brilliant organisations to deliver apprenticeships in childcare and horticulture. I met staff and apprentices from Man Utd FC, Kids Planet Nurseries and Worsley Golf Club. What struck me was firstly how switched on and clever the apprentices were but also how the employers were Salford born and bred and wanted to invest in and bring the next Salford generation up the ladder behind them, this is how it should be.