YGAM To Provide Safeguarding Training To AK Teaching

After securing a new agreement with Sunderland-based teacher recruitment agency AK Teaching, the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) will continue to provide training on problem gambling.

Through this new alliance, YGAM will concentrate on offering instruction to schools and teachers in the North East before further promoting the region’s National Education Programme.

Jonathan Greener, AK Teaching Branch Manager and himself a former teacher in the North East, talked about the significance of this new YGAM training partnership: “As soon as I heard about YGAM, I felt that their work was something AK Teaching absolutely had to be involved with. As a teacher I’ve seen first-hand the dangers of gaming and gambling addiction and the effect it has in school.

“The training YGAM have provided is informative, interactive and most importantly, practical, meaning the information provided can be used in schools across the region. We feel that supporting YGAM in their work is very important, particularly coming out of lockdown.

“Our aim as a Sunderland founded company is to support local children, schools and charities wherever possible. Sunderland is at the heart of everything we do.”

Claire Patel, YGAM’s North East Education Manager, shared her trust in the new partnership that she said would help protect young people from the risks associated with excessive gaming across the area.

She added: “I’m thrilled that AK Teaching and YGAM have set up a training partnership with the aim to train all AK Teaching staff on the potential harms of gaming and gambling. This training is so important for the digital world children are now growing up in. Once trained, all AK staff will have access to YGAM’s full range of educational resources and materials suitable from Key Stages 2 to 5.”

“After my first conversation with Jonny from AK Teaching Recruitment, I could tell he both understood and supported the social purpose of YGAM. We have trained two cohorts of AK teaching staff so far, with the third set up for the beginning of October.

“I have really enjoyed training the AK Teaching staff, they have been so engaged and enthusiastic, asking questions, commenting on the topics covered and putting their own thoughts and suggestions forward too, I am already looking forward to the next training session.”