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Newcastle United Foundation Patron Gabby Logan shares career skills with charity's young people

Gabby Logan has spent time getting to know Newcastle’s next generation of chief executives and entrepreneurs building up their business acumen with Newcastle United Foundation.

Patron Gabby sat down with young people engaging in the Foundation’s Employability programmes who are volunteering, training, or securing job opportunities with the official charity arm of Newcastle United Football Club.

The Employability team support 16 to 29-year-olds who are not currently in education, training, or employment by building their skills and self-confidence to help them succeed in the jobs market.

The Inspiration Event at St. James’ Park saw a panel, including Gabby, David Castling, Director of Intermediary Lending at Atom Bank, and Susan Bell, Chief Executive of Waterstons IT consultancy, sharing their career history.

David studied sports science at college before becoming a recruitment consultant and eventually a business development manager and director before joining Atom Bank in 2016. Susan similarly began her career in an entry level role as an IT programmer, securing major promotions from there and finally being appointed CEO of Waterstons in 2014.

The panel provided a unique opportunity to learn more about how to make the most of meetings, ways to stand out on paper and key interview techniques – a subject TV presenter Gabby could share a lot about.

Dawn Barber, Business Network Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It has been fantastic to introduce Gabby to our young participants here at St.  James’ Park. They were really thrilled to meet her and hear how she secured her first job here in Newcastle.

“Since then, she’s travelled all over the world with various roles and that’s a great example to young people here who really can take whatever career path they want with the right skills.

“David and Susan are also superb role models and leading professional in their fields. They both explained how they’ve worked their way up into the positions they’re in now and that’s incredibly inspirational for young people to hear.

“We would like to thank our Patron, Gabby, David from Atom Bank and Susan from Waterson’s IT consultancy for spending time getting to know our participants.”

It was announced last week that dozens of teenagers taking their first steps into the world of work with Newcastle United Foundation will benefit from vital travel passes supplied by Stagecoach.

Free travel on Stagecoach North East services for some of the city’s most disadvantaged teenagers gives them the ability to meet with business contacts or attend jobs fairs and events leading to employment.

Newcastle United Foundation’s Employability team work with a number of Employment Partners across the region who support participants with CV writing, mock interviews, workplace visits, work experience and volunteering.

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