Youthtrain has worked with Open College Network Yorkshire and Humber Region, now trading as Certa, for over 15 years and throughout this time we have worked closely with the Staff Team to develop programmes and new units of accreditation and now Certa Qualifications to suit the specific needs of our learners.

Youthtrain works with young people and adults in a wide range of settings and informal learning situations. The majority of Youthtrain participants are disadvantaged and for many reasons have become disengaged from mainstream education.

Much of Youthtrain's work with learners focuses on re-engaging them in learning, by focusing on their voluntary experiences and accrediting the skills and knowledge gained through their participation in youth and community activities.

Certa accreditation suits learners with few formal qualifications, who prefer Youthtrain’s informal and accessible training delivery. The flexibility of Certa Qualifications makes them more viable for community and voluntary organisations to provide in-house, as they can be delivered to learners individually or in small groups at a pace and level which suits their needs.

Many of Youthtrain’s learners have had previous negative experiences of learning, which results in a lack of self-esteem and confidence in the learning environment. Being able to offer flexible and often ‘bite-sized’ accredited courses, which are relevant to their needs, allows them to engage in learning that both interests and involves them. For many such learners, building a portfolio of evidence for assessment is a first experience and, as such, gives them a great sense of achievement.

The resulting increase in self-esteem and self-belief often helps learners to progress into further and higher education, or other career choices they had not previously thought possible.