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Dare you wear to show you care? Added on Friday 24 October (at 13:35PM)


Skillz staff and young people are all 'wearing it pink' today, to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

To find out more and donate, visit:

Love Construction and Teaching? Added on Wednesday 15 October (at 15:53PM)


Do you work in construction and want a new challenge..?

We have an exciting opportunity for a unique individual.

• Do you have the drive to work with young people aged 11-19, who are not able to reach their full potential in a mainstream secondary classroom setting?
• Do you have skills in facilitating accredited construction sessions with young people?
• Do you thrive in an ever changing and challenging role?

We will offer....
• Flexible working in a supportive environment, based in Leeds
• Competitive salary
• The opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative

You need to....
• Be motivated to work with young people with complex needs
• Have experience of facilitating group work and planning sessions
• Ideally, have experience/qualifications of teaching/training others (i.e. PGCE, Cert ED, PTLLS or equivalent) or a strong desire to do so

If this sounds like you - get in touch!

Salary £8-£15per hour- Depending on Qualifications and Experience
Hours negotiable for the right applicant.

All roles are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously CRB), satisfactory references and completion of a probationary period.

Email: or telephone 0113 2635988
for an application pack

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 4.00pm

Skillz Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This is reflected in the way that new staff are recruited.

Sex...worth talking about. Added on Friday 03 October (at 11:39AM)


Just a reminder that we have a full C:Card and sexual health Service @ Skillz HQ in Wortley.

We can offer young people:

Condoms and other things for your sexual health
Pregnancy tests
Chlamydia tests
Advice and support

This is open to all young people, you don't have to attend Skillz.

Want an appointment?

Ring Claire on - 0113 2635988
Email -
Message -

The Great Skillz Bake Off for Macmillan Cancer Support Added on Wednesday 01 October (at 14:02PM)


Check out our baking Skillz! :)

GCSE English support sessions @ Skillz already a hit!! Added on Monday 15 September (at 14:01PM)


Check out this fantastic poem that has been written in one of our GCSE English sessions today.

The topic was ‘The Senses’

On Holiday...
I can smell the lovely warm air at the beach.
I can hear the big Seagulls scavenging around for scraps and the sea rushing on the shore.
I can taste the salt when the tide comes in and a wave splashed into my mouth.
When I bend down I pick up the wet sand and let it go through my fingers.
This place feels like home.

Fantastic work! Well done!

New teacher provides skills boost for new term at Leeds education centre Added on Tuesday 26 August (at 15:24PM)


We are preparing for the new academic year by making an important addition to the team.

Skillz Education, based in Wortley, works with youngsters who are unable to achieve their full potential in mainstream schools for a variety of reasons.

As part of the efforts to ensure students get the best possible education, whatever challenges they face, they have now appointed a qualified English teacher to head up the teaching and learning team.

Martine Di Paola, who has experience of working in schools in London, has relocated to the city with her partner and says the role at Skillz matched perfectly with what she was looking for:

“I saw within Skillz the natural passion and strive to improve outcomes for children no matter what their backgrounds were. This is exactly what I wanted to do, and what I’ve been looking to do for some time, so was the perfect match.

“I came to Leeds and looked around the centre. I saw the students in action, and some of the sessions taking place, and was impressed by what was happening. I felt I could really contribute and make a difference as well.”

241 boys and girls have been supported by Skillz since it was set up in 2009. Martine believes that the opportunities offered to young people at the centre are hugely important and wants to ensure the schools the pupils come from are aware of their unique offer:

“Sometimes educational provision for those who don’t fit into mainstream education is the same as school but with smaller numbers. Skillz is very different – it provides the students with something different, tailored to the way they learn and with an understanding of the challenges they face.

“The huge advantage is that it is also backed up by qualified teaching staff who provide the young people with the skills they need, presented in a way that makes sense to them. The learning here isn’t just to get you through a test or to give you a grade but so that it can be used in everyday life.”

Martine has been appointed to the new role by Gemma Stow, founder and Centre Manager of Skillz Education. Gemma says she is looking forward to the experience she brings:

“Skillz is all about making sure young people in Leeds get the best possible start despite the challenges they are facing at home or at school. Martine’s appointment strengthens our academic credentials ensuring that even though the students aren’t in school, they will still receive high quality learning in core subjects from qualified teachers.

“I hope this reassures schools, parents and the young people themselves that Skillz provides them with everything they need to get on in life, just presented in a different environment to mainstream education.”

As the new term approaches, Martine hopes she can make a strong contribution to the work of Skillz and the educational opportunities available for young people in Leeds:

“If I can just make a positive change, where there’s a change in someone’s attitude or the way that they communicate or engage with the public, then I will be happy. I might not even know if that was me or not but if I can just go to bed at night thinking maybe I’ve made a change, that’s why I want to do it.

“Plus, it’s really fun. They make you laugh. They make you cry. You feel alive when you’re working with young people. And that’s why I love to do it.”

Watch Martine speaking about the role at