The future is looking brighter for almost 100 people in Sheffield who left school without qualifications.
Youth charity Sheffield Futures is celebrating helping learners from 16 right up to the age of 50 pass exams in English, maths and IT after just one year in operation.
The Qualification Centre, based in Division Street in the city centre, also offers courses in preparation for employment and career guidance.
Most of those who attend are 16- to 19-year-olds who have left school without GCSEs.
They are often vulnerable teens with learning difficulties or who have been affected by bullying.
Helen Bennett, Sheffield Futures service development manager, said: “One of the biggest achievements is that so many young people have been able to achieve their first qualification.
“The centre is integral to the accredited outcomes that young people achieve through their involvement with Sheffield Futures.”
Through the scheme Sheffield Futures youth work apprentices have been recruited to permanent posts within the organisation.
Sheffield Futures assessor Jackie Redfern said: “The way the team has developed and expanded its portfolio of qualifications as well as in house, non-accredited training, has really paid off.
“To see so many learners achieve accreditation with our support has been the ultimate result, a fantastic achievement for all. It’s been both challenging and rewarding.”