Oldham Athletic Community Trust launches new programme to help young people find employment.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust is one of six EFL Football Club Communities taking part of an exciting new programme which will provide 18-24 year olds with the key skills and experience to find employment.
The EFL Trust’s Training Ground programme is part of a new partnership with the Youth Futures Foundation that will target young people that are really struggling to get a foothold in the workplace. The initiative is aimed at 18-24 years-olds that are furthest from the workplace and will help participants by enabling them to take on new education, employment or training opportunities leading to long term career progression.
EFL Trust’s Head of Education & Employability, Adrian Tallon said:This is a unique opportunity for young people to overcome barriers and unlock their potential. They will be supported through our Training Ground programme which takes a holistic approach to employment. The programme provides practical support and training, alongside mentoring and wellbeing activities that will increase the confidence and overall wellbeing of participants.
The Youth Futures Foundation was established to find, fund, support and evaluate programmes which help young people to move into meaningful work. Unemployment amongst 16-24 year-olds is currently four times as high as any other age group; those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds face the biggest challenge in getting a job.
Youth Futures Foundation’s Chief Executive, Anna Smee commented:We are delighted to support EFL Trust’s Training Ground Programme. Youth Futures Foundation is committed to a society where all young people have equitable access to good quality jobs, by identifying ‘what works’, investing in good practice and initiating new ways of working – to ignite systems change. This partnership will support our ambitions and help to deliver our vision.
The Training ground programme presents an opportunity to gain accredited skills and qualifications combined with increased personal development, culminating in a 8 week work placement. Additional support will be provided throughout by a dedicated mentor and a targeted health and wellbeing programme. Skills wise the programme will include the development of English and maths functional skills, digital skills, health & safety, money management and customer services. The programme will also include workshops covering personal development areas such as resilience, interpersonal and employability skills as well as improving the participant’s physical and mental health.
OACT Head of Community, Martin Vose said:We are delighted to be part of the ‘Training Ground’ employability project, one which will provide young people within the borough with key skills and experience to find employment. At OACT we pride ourselves on our ability to support our local community through a wide variety of projects & opportunities and Training Ground provides us with a fantastic opportunity to launch a brand new strand to that community support.