YMCA Lakeside professional development for graduates

YMCA Lakeside professional development for graduates

Download our professional development brochure to learn about all our programmes

We have programmes tailored for graduates, your apprentices, improving team performance and developing future leaders.

Developing Talent

Taking on a graduate is an investment in your organisation’s future, so it’s important that you get the most out of these bright and talented people.

Yet for some, transitioning from full-time education to the workplace is a giant leap. At Lakeside, our Graduate Development programme can help to bridge this gap quickly and turn their academic achievements into business success.

Our focus on teamwork, leadership and personal responsibility, gives your graduates the soft skills they need to become valuable team members and future leaders.

Preparing for work

Getting your people ready for your business is at the core of our Graduate Development programme. Working with you, we’ll create a schedule reflecting the challenges they’ll face in their working environment, which can include:

  • Pre-course preparation projects
  • Problem-solving
  • Multi-task exercises
  • Personal challenges
  • Physical challenges
  • Presentations to peers and line managers
  • Reviews and peer-to-peer feedback
  • Learning logs
  • Appraisal linked development plans

Speak to a member of our team to find out what’s right for your company.

Graduating in the real world

Through experiential learning, we’ll take your graduates out of their comfort zone.

Whether it’s learning to work as a team, taking ownership of situations, or leading a project, we’ll encourage your graduates to push themselves to the limit within our safe and supportive environment.

With you all the way

To make sure that your investment in our Graduate Development programme leads to measurable benefits for your organisation learning continues beyond Lakeside.

We offer follow-up sessions where graduates can share their progress, refresh their knowledge and review their progress, in line with your company objectives.

Safe by design

Your graduates will learn that safety comes first at Lakeside, just as it does in the workplace. For your peace of mind, we’re fully accredited by The Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) and work with them to make sure we have the highest possible level of expertise and leadership in risk management assessment and safety at all times.

All instructors hold relevant certifications, are first aid trained, police and CRB checked. Many also have further qualifications making them technical experts in their specialist field. We also put all instructors through our rigorous training programme, so you can be confident that your graduates are trained by the best.


Our Graduate Development programmes are physically demanding, and your graduates will certainly work up an appetite.  Our self-service restaurant offers a range of healthy and nutritious meals for guests. We can also cater for most dietary needs and allergies. Please let us know about any special requirements when you make your booking.


We offer basic yet functional accommodation on site. Most of our rooms are hostel-style dorms with bedding provided.

Equipment and clothing

We provide all specialist equipment and safety gear, including harnesses, wetsuits, life jackets and helmets.  We’ll be challenging your graduates to the limit though, so outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are essential. Call our team to request a copy of our essential clothing and accessories checklist.

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