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Brenikov Training Supports Foundation Employability Programme

Newcastle United Foundation is working with Jesmond based Brenikov Training to raise awareness of employment opportunities within the hospitality industry.

The Foundation’s Employability team works with hundreds of young people and adults every year, helping them develop key skills to support their transition back into employment, training or education.

Newcastle United Foundation is a delivery partner of Talent Match North East, a new approach to supporting long term unemployed 18-24 yr olds across the region.

Brenikov Training is supporting the Foundation by offering insights into working in the hospitality industry as well as helping to create links with key employers in the region.

Most recently, the students have benefitted from additional skills development sessions, workshops with local employers and work experience opportunities, as part of the Talent Match programme. Learners are also working towards their Level 1 in Personal Development for Employability.

Newcastle United Foundation Project Officer, Daniel Hancock, said: “We’re really privileged to have Brenikov Training as an Employability Partner. They have been incredibly supportive in helping some of our young people learn more about the hospitality industry and in identifying work experience opportunities.

“Both the Foundation and Brenikov are committed to helping these young people enhance their skills, showing them the opportunities open to them and working with them to help secure paid employment in a sector that is thriving in the North East. It’s important that we have pathways into different sectors to support the aims and ambitions of our participants and by working with Brenikov Training we’re able to make our participants aware of the opportunities available.”

Jacqui Brenikov, Managing Director of Brenikov Training, added: “We’re passionate about helping young people achieve their ambitions – a value we share with Newcastle United Foundation. Our expertise and contacts in the hospitality industry means we have a lot to offer, in particular our contacts in the local business community which has enabled us to organise question and answer sessions with businesses so participants can understand what employers are looking for.

“We’ve supported a number of young people by offering work placements, most recently at the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza and it was great to hear such positive feedback from both the employer and the young person.”

Ant, who is on the course, commented: “I did work experience at the Holiday Inn and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a bit worried I might not be able to do the job. But the work I have done with Newcastle United Foundation and Brenikov Training gave me the confidence to turn up on the first day. It was hard at first but I soon realised that I could do it and my confidence grew even more. I suddenly realised that I could definitely work in hospitality.”

Talent Match North East is managed by the Wise Group and funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

For more information on Foundation Employability Programmes email foundation@nufc.co.uk

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