Thelma Ambler

Thelma is our Further Education Programmes Manager. She is responsible for all our Core Skills courses.

Do you remember the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare? This was where the tortoise and the hare challenged each other to a race. The hare thought that he would win easily because he could run fast, he was quick witted and knew where he was going. The hare could see the finishing line, whilst the tortoise was so small and slow, didn’t know where he was going and was not quick-witted.

I often think of this story, because it reminds me about leaving school, college and starting out on a work career. Most of us find that when the time comes to choose a career we are very much like the tortoise, slow, not knowing where we are going, not very quick! I never knew what I wanted to be, I didn’t know what direction I should go in or how quickly. Others of my peers seemed to be like hares, going off at top speed in various directions with a sense of purpose that I lacked.

However, looking back now, I realise that over the years, I have now passed many of my peers, even though my progress has been slow and at times painful. It took me a long time to discover what I was good and enjoyed doing. I felt like a tortoise, but I discovered I could still win the race.

I discovered what I was good at by taking training courses and taking different work roles. Eventually, I ended up in the right place. So, if you still don’t know what you are good at, or want to do, consider taking one of our Equip courses in working with children or young people in January 2016. It’s not too late, you can still sign up through the website or send us an email. The skills and transferable learning will set you up for children’s work or youth work, but also help with communication, leadership, managing conflict and many other areas that we all need skills in. It may be a diversion or it could be just what you are looking for and enable you to win the race! Come on the tortoises!

Check out our Equip:Youth work course for more information


NOCN Level 3 Youth work Practice (QCF)

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Award/Certificate: £700
Diploma: £500

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Award & Certificate

Developed for everyone who works with young people; full-time, part-time or spare-time. This certificate is endorsed by the National Youth Agency for Youth Support Worker status. It can be completed by youth workers of any age from 16+. The training days fit within a gap year program and a number of agencies already run Equip as part of their year out training programmes or intern/apprenticeship schemes.


This is a way of extending knowledge gained by completing the Award and Certificate. It is possible for learners to complete the Diploma without first completing the Award and Certificate but learners will only be awarded credits for their work and will need to provide evidence of extensive youth work experience and/or a youth work qualification.

The Diploma is designed for youth workers who wish to develop their skills in Outreach and Detached Youth Work and Vulnerable Young People. This will involve-

  • Being prepared to connect with young people on the streets.
  • Understand, support and enable young people who are excluded from school.
  • Understand, support and enable young people who are not in employment, education or training.
  • Understand, support & enable young people in the criminal justice system.

The Award must be completed in order to move onto the Certificate and the Certificate must be completed in order to complete the Diploma. Learners are able to complete the Certificate and Diploma units but will only be awarded credits.

For more information about this course please contact Melba, our FE administrator.

Call: 01793418261

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