Bank Of England Governor Talks Employability Skills With Newcastle United Foundation
Newcastle United Foundation welcomed Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to St. James’ Park on Friday to discuss the North East economy and the impact the charity is having in the City.
Twenty specially invited senior business leaders joined the Governor to give their feedback on the region’s economy and hear about the Foundation’s ambitious Project Pitchside Community Hub as well as the engagement the Foundation is doing with disadvantaged young people to improve their future job prospects.
Alex Leigh, a participant of the Foundation’s Talent Match employability programme, shared his story and gave an insight into the incredible progress he had made with the Foundation.
Alex was unemployed and homeless before being referred to the Foundation by homeless charity Depaul. With hard work, and under the guidance of our employability team, Alex is now employed at Slaley Hall Hotel working in the kitchens, and is committed to achieving his dream of becoming a chef. You can find out more about his story here.
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, said: “Just as the feel-good factor created by the World Cup shows how football can have a positive, energising effect on people, Newcastle United Foundation demonstrates how football can be an immense power for good. It was clear from meeting Alex that NUFC is transforming the lives of young people in the North East, by helping improve education and employability while building community.”
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, added: “I’d like to thank the Governor for taking time out of his schedule to hear about Project Pitchside and to meet Alex and Silke, who are passionately committed to working hard to give themselves a better future.”
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