Training Overview

This generation desperately needs leaders who are passionate about Jesus and live out their faith in a genuine, contagious way. Central to our training is the aim to provide a setting where you can grow in your relationship with God and in your character. We will also provide you with excellent training that equips you to lead well in a variety of settings. Using experts in their fields, both regionally and nationally, you will not only get to learn ‘how to’ skills but actually get the chance to do it at the same time. 

A varying level of certification and course duration give a flexibility to engage at the right level for you and opens doors to new levels beyond each course. All of the courses will give you a formal qualification for your ministry, from more vocational qualifications up to degree level. We are pleased to say that many students step straight into salaried roles as youth or children’s leaders having completed their training with SWYM. There is a direct route from the training into employment and trainees often end up employed in the setting where they were placed.


Be Transformed

The Academy

BA (Hons) Applied Theology

Many applicants see Be Transformed as a gap year or a test to see if God might be calling them into longer term ministry. Around 60% then stay on with either The Academy or the BA (Hons) Applied Theology.

Those looking to continue training with SWYM may complete The Academy, a one-year vocational course. Trainees may then go straight into employment or stay with SWYM for the degree.

Trainees completing Be Transformed or The Academy have the opportunity to stay for a further three years for the degree programme, run by Moorlands College in partnership with SWYM and accredited by the University of Gloucestershire.


‘My years in SWYM were a huge team of growth in my relationship with God. I learnt to take huge risks and not worry too much when things didn’t work out how I planned! I learnt about placing my trust more and more in what God said about me and what He was asking of me.’ Amy Stock –

‘SWYM is an amazing organization who do a brilliant and vital job in training, equipping and resourcing youth leaders all over South West England. I commend them without hesitation’ Mike Pilavachi – Soul Survivor