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Employability Success: Bryan Oliver Takes To The Sky

Barclays Premier League Works participant Bryan Oliver, 22 from Elswick, is graduating from the course early to take up employment with Sky. 

Bryan, who before starting the course had been unemployed for just under a year, has attended 70 Barclays Premier League Works sessions, which equates to over 200 hours contact time with his Project Officer, Alasdair Hill.

Barclays Premier League Works is aimed at 16-21 year olds that not currently in work, education or training.  As part of the course the participants work on writing their CV’s as well as conducting job searches.  It was during one of these searches that Bryan saw the job opportunity for a Customer Service Apprentice at a Sky call centre and subsequently applied, with the support of Alasdair.   

Bryan has also benefitted from several site visits where he was been given an insight into several industries, including construction and hospitality.

Alasdair Hill, Project Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Bryan is a brilliant example of how hard work, commitment and a positive attitude can pay off.   I’ve been really proud of his dedication to the course – he hasn’t missed one session and he’s taken advantage of every opportunity we’ve made available to him.  This is a really exciting time for Bryan and I would like to wish him all the very best in his new job.”

Bryan Oliver gave us his overview of the course, “The Barclays Premier League Works course has been a fantastic opportunity for me to develop new skills and it has also helped me get a better understanding of what I want out of life, for example, what type of job I want to do and where I want to be in 5 years time.

“Not only the course itself, but the Foundation as a whole is phenomenal and the staff are there constantly for support if you need it.  After the course they stay in touch with you for the next year, so it’s not one of those courses you do, complete, and hear nothing back, they are there for you!

“As someone who took part on the course and experienced the whole thing I can honestly say I was not expecting anywhere near the standards they offer. It’s not just classroom based work; there are opportunities to go on educational visits – we went to the Premier Inn, the Malhotra Group and construction sites as well as other places, so it allows you to learn about different aspects of job world.

“It wasn’t just about work either – we learnt about lifestyles and building relationships. We went for a game of bowling, played football every week and also got access to the gym. There were also lots of sessions about alcohol, drugs and sexual health awareness. We also went on a residential to Allendale which was so much fun, everyone got involved and had a great time.

“The group I was in consisted of about 10 people we all bonded so well on the course and I have made some lifelong friends from this experience. The person who ran the course, Alasdair Hill, is an amazing person to have tutoring us, he treat us all as adults and was always full of banter.  He made us want to come in each day to do the course as we always knew we were going to have good day.

“Some of the sessions we went on the laptops and were asked if we could search for jobs and apply for them. This is where I saw a job for a Customer Service Apprentice for Sky and I applied for it.   There were two interviews, first was a phone interview what lasted for 35 minutes which I passed and ten got offered a formal interview which lasted 2 hours and 30 minutes. Sky then phoned me and offered me the job. I was over the moon, all the people in my group and all the staff congratulated me and were so happy for me.

“If you are willing to put the work in, you will get something out of it; I have done it what’s stopping you?”

If you are unemployed and aged between 16-24 and would like more details on our Employability Proejcts please email Alasair Hill ( 

Any businesses that would like to become an Employability Partner and offer site visits and/or one-two weeks work experience please contact Amy Sill ( 

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