2 December 2020

Alyshia has taken the hospitality and catering skills and experience gained from her time at YMCA and is now working full-time at the Clocktower Restaurant in Derby Garden Centre. She is also getting closer to achieving her goal of opening her own bakery.

Aged 18, Alyshia enrolled with YMCA. She’d previously attended City of Derby Academy and had applied but been unsuccessful with an application to Derby College. She’d struggled with dyslexia throughout her education.

Alyshia graduated from YMCA with City & Guilds qualifications in Hospitality and Culinary Skills. She also received help with maths and English and considerably improved her academic level.

She was also selected to attend a residential trip to Denmark where she learnt about different cultures and foods. These opportunities also improved Alyshia’s confidence and self-esteem.

During her time at YMCA Alyshia gained valuable work experience opportunities. She became part of the YMCA High Sheriff of Derbyshire’s catering team.

Alyshia impressed so much that she joined our YMCA Hospitality Traineeship programme. With this came the opportunity to run dinner services and prepare meals at a restaurant that YMCA ran.

YMCA Traineeships last for a maximum of six months so when that concluded YMCA supported Alyshia to continue a career in catering.

“I’m so grateful to YMCA. When I came here I had no confidence and thought I’d do nothing with my life. I’ve now got qualifications, a job and ambition. The Tutors believed in me and supported me so much. I loved helping at The High Sheriff of Derbyshire functions. At one event it was just me and my Tutors – I never thought I’d have the confidence to do that. I was so nervous but they were so supportive and the event was amazing!”

“Thanks for everything YMCA!”