About YMCA George Williams College

YMCA George Williams College was established almost 50 years ago to specialise in training and supporting new and existing practitioners, working with children, young people, families and communities. The College also helps organisations to evaluate and develop their practice.

Our approach is focused on learning by doing and building practitioners relationship skills. We call this relational practice. We believe classroom and theory learning is important but understanding how to effectively apply this is even more important.

The programmes offered have been built around exploring and valuing participants’ experiences and those of others from a personal, local, national and global perspective.
We ask people to explore the experiences of individuals, and the networks, groups, and communities they are a part of. As a result, we place a special emphasis upon reflecting, learning, and making changes one-to-one (with a professional supervisor), in groups and on your own (for example through working on assignments). This ensures that students develop the skills to differentiate various views of youth work and the links with social pedagogic training. This unique approach ensures rich perspectives on local, national and global practice.

Our range of flexible and affordable courses allow students to continue with working and family commitments whilst building their future. Our vocational courses are all professionally accredited through the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and Awarding Body Consortium (ABC). Our degree programmes through Coventry University and Global Citizenship Training is awarded by Aspire.

If you are as passionate about working with people as we are and you want to make a difference, then we would love to hear from you.

Contact us at enquiries@ymca.ac.uk