A new, free five-week activity festival ‘Free Fest’ is coming to Manchester in July to help school leavers discover what they want to do in the future.

The summer scheme is organised by YMCA Training and is aimed at young people aged between 16-18 who are looking to explore further education and employment paths, whilst celebrating the summer with a variety of local free activities.

Beginning in July, Free Fest is a free activity programme taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays across a five-week period, that encompasses both fun and learning based activities.

During Free Fest, young adults will be encouraged to explore their future through talking with local businesses, receiving insights into the workplace, and gaining trade skills such as interview preparation.Alongside this, there will be enjoyable activities such as road trips and bake-off competitions that are designed to encourage teenagers to meet likeminded individuals, build key life skills like confidence and good communication.

DATE:​​3rd July – 2nd August 2018, every Tuesday and Thursday within the five week period

TIME:​​10:00am – 15:00pm ​​

LOCATION:Indemnity House, 7 Chatham Street, Manchester, M1 3AY  

Karen Ogden, Head of Education at YMCA Training, says “Free Fest is a fantastic initiative to support young adults after they leave school and for those who are unsure of how they would like to carve out their future career path. Free Fest will provide an opportunity for 16-18 year olds to have a hands on taster training experience to find their desired vocational progression routes. However, this only plays part of Free Fest as there will also be a range of fun activities to get involved with such as road trips, bake-off style competitions and sports days, to celebrate the summer together.”

YMCA Training is a national charity with a proven track record in transforming the lives of young people and adults through work-related apprenticeship training and employment support.

find more details on Free Fest visit https://www.ymcatraining.org.uk/freefest/.


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