The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is leading a training programme to safeguard young people in the North East from gaming and gambling-related harm. The national charity is being supported by Sunderland-based teacher recruitment agency AK Teaching.

As part of a national programme supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council, YGAM are providing free assured workshops and resources to anyone who works with or cares for young people. Through a new partnership with education-specialists AK Recruitment, YGAM will focus on delivering training to schools and teachers in the North East before advancing the training program even further in the region.

Jonathan Greener, Branch Manager at AK Teaching and himself an ex-Teacher in the North East spoke about the importance of this new training partnership with YGAM;

“As soon as I heard about YGAM, I felt that their work was something AK Teaching absolutely had to be involved with. As a Teacher I’ve seen first-hand the dangers of gaming and gambling addiction and the effect it has in school. The training YGAM have provided is informative, interactive and most importantly, practical, meaning the information provided can be used in schools across the region. We feel that supporting YGAM in their work is very important, particularly coming out of lockdown. Our aim as a Sunderland founded company is to support local children, schools and charities wherever possible. Sunderland is at the heart of everything we do.”

Claire Patel from Newcastle is YGAMs Education Manager for the North East and believes building a relationship with AK Recruitment will help protect thousands of young people in the region. Claire said “I’m thrilled that AK Teaching and YGAM have set up a training partnership with the aim to train all AK Teaching staff on the potential harms of gaming and gambling.  This training is so important for the digital world children are now growing up in. Once trained, all AK staff will have access to YGAM’s full range of educational resources and materials suitable from Key Stages 2 to 5.”

“After my first conversation with Jonny from AK Teaching Recruitment I could tell he both understood and supported the social purpose of YGAM. We have trained two cohorts of AK teaching staff so far, with the third set up for the beginning of October. I have really enjoyed training the AK Teaching staff, they have been so engaged and enthusiastic, asking questions, commenting on the topics covered and putting their own thoughts and suggestions forward too, I am already looking forward to the next training session.”

AK Teaching are a company who specialise in Education Recruitment and are based on the banks of the River Wear. They have over 500 staff registered with AK across EYFS to KS5.

YGAM are working in partnership with GamCare and supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), to deliver the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’ to raise awareness of the risks of potential gaming and gambling related harms.

North East Schools, Teachers, Parents or anyone else working with young people who are interested in learning more about gaming and gambling and Young People are encouraged to contact Claire Patel at YGAM to take advantage of the entirely free training and resources available. Claire can be contacted via email at clairepatel@ygam.org or by calling 07377737296.