EFL Day Of Action: Spotlight On The EFL Traineeship
This year’s EFL Day of Action sees Newcastle United and Newcastle United Foundation showcase how the EFL Traineeship is supporting young people back into education, training or employment.
The EFL Traineeship uses the power of football to support 16-18 year olds in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland with their career and education aspirations.
The 12 week course, delivered at St James’ Park, gives young people the chance to gain relevant qualifications, develop leadership skills as well as learning about career opportunities available within a sporting environment. The Traineeship also facilitates work experience opportunities, giving participants the chance to put skills they learn into practice and to make links within the world of work.
The EFL Traineeship is the first step on the Foundation Employability pathway, with opportunities to make the transition on to Premier League Works or Talent Match (funded by The Wise Group via The Big Lottery Fund), should a young person need ongoing support, including cv writing, interview skills development and volunteering opportunities, to move them closer to the job market.
In 2015/16 the Foundation supported 198 young people back into education, training or employment.
Rhys Stephenson, an Employability participant, shares how Newcastle United’s Foundation’s programmes have benefitted him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjGUoA4fdnY
The EFL’s Community Day of Action presents a unique – and brand new – opportunity for all EFL clubs to simultaneously raise awareness of the impact they are having by creating a national platform to highlight the community work that happens across 72 towns and cities, 365 days a year, seven days a week.
Approximately £50million is being invested every season by the EFL Trust and Club Community Trusts into key areas, using the power of football to help people in need across sport, education, health and community engagement programmes.
Steve Mack, Community Programme Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Our Employability provision makes a real difference within the community. Football inspires these young people to want to make a difference in their lives – and we can help them do that. Our programmes offer support with CV writing, applying for jobs, securing work experience as well as giving opportunities to acquire qualifications to boost their skills.
“We can see a massive difference in the young people after the initial 12 week EFL Traineeship – their confidence grows hugely and we’re proud that we can be there to support their transition into the world of work, training or further education for up to two years. We’re especially grateful to our Employability Partners who we can call on to give young people work experience opportunities, that otherwise they might not have access to.”
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