The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has again surpassed its annual targets to train thousands of teachers and youth workers as part of the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’.
Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, the charity has trained 3895 education professionals in 2021 including teachers, education professionals, and practitioners in 2021. Since the programme was launched in 2020, the professionals trained by YGAM have pledged to reach an estimated one million young people with the award-winning resources. The YGAM team has accomplished this as part of their role in the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’ which they are delivering in partnership with GamCare. Supported by members of the Betting & Gaming Council, the programme was launched in 2020 and is the largest of its kind.
The YGAM education team made up of former teachers, youth practitioners, and individuals with lived experience, delivered over 440 hours of CPD training this year. The sessions have been delivered both online and face-to-face. Delegates who complete the training receive a formal City & Guilds certification on completion of the training. 99% of delegates who completed the training and provided feedback said they would recommend the training to a colleague.
Kyle Riding, Head of the National Education Programme at YGAM praised his teams’ achievements this year saying “Our dedicated team has performed exceptionally during another difficult year. This ground-breaking programme continues to reach more communities in more regions every week. This year, our team has worked with some fantastic organisations including Coach Core, MET Police, and the National Education Union as well as many community foundations connected to football clubs including Aston Villa, Everton, and Newcastle United. We’re very proud of our impact.”
The four-year programme aims to deliver evidence-led education, training, and support to young people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as collaborating with other organisations across Scotland.
One teacher who has completed the training commented “The course was excellent. It was the best training I’ve had in a long while and comes with resources – just what teachers need.” Another teacher said “The workshops were very enlightening and delivered with enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion. The fact that it was delivered with staff who have ‘lived experience’ and ‘affected others’ made the training even interesting and engaging.”
Delegates get access to a comprehensive bank of over 450 resources designed specifically to be used with young people from ages 7-25. YGAM provides thematic plans and full Schemes of Work from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5. All resources are mapped to the latest curriculum requirements.
Earlier this year, YGAM won the PSHE Education Award at the national Children & Young People Now Awards for the educational resources they provide to teachers and youth workers.
If you are interested in booking a FREE workshop, please visit https://www.ygam.org/book-a-workshop/