Get Rich or Budget Tryin’ with YMCA’s new skills programme


YMCA Birmingham’s latest project, which will see the charity further support up to 70 young people by providing them with the skills to succeed in the work place, will commence this month. 

The project, which is entitled ‘Get Rich or Budget Tryin’’, has been financed by the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund, and will teach the young participants financial management skills and give them the chance to obtain a qualification in budgeting and personal development, which will help them on their journey into a work placement and then on to full time work.

YMCA Birmingham’s Social Enterprise Director, Laurence Chilver said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to further support vulnerable people within our community.

“Thanks to the Skills and Opportunities Fund we are able to deliver financial capability training to the homeless people we support and local, young, unemployed people.

“We believe this project will make a huge difference as previous experience has shown us that participants who work together as a group are more likely to pursue aspirations through raised confidence and shared experiences. Our aim is to form a group dynamic that will continue throughout the programme and ultimately become self-conducting after the programme with us is completed.”

The programme, which starts on the 18th September, will be delivered over a 12 month period and intends to enrol and train around 70 disadvantaged young people.

‘Get Rich or Budget Tryin’’ will be centred around budgeting skills within the context of personal confidence, and securing work, and will be supported by a number of work experience opportunities. Each participant will undertake a City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills and Personal Development and work in groups of 10 to form secure peer-to-peer networks.

The project is designed to help people identify and understand their own attributes and how to develop transferable skills. It also involves work around gaining understanding of income and expenditure, pay slips, bank statements, reducing debt, saving money and what different financial products can offer. At the end of the course, they will have a detailed action plan which they can follow to achieve individual goals as well as more opportunities for work placements and each participant will receive a City & Guilds accreditation that the charity hopes will ignite a thirst for further education. 02

YMCA Birmingham works work with young people who have faced homelessness for reasons including leaving care or family breakdown and they want to help them to become independent and live fulfilling lives.

If you would like to take part in this year’s programme or would just like some more information, please email