A recent study by the University of Exeter found that Devon has the highest number of teenage NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) in the South West. There were 1,260 across the county and a separate study has found that in Exeter alone NEETs account for almost one in ten 16-18 year olds.
Exeter City FC’s Football in the Community Trust has created the new programme-led apprenticeship to offer young people a chance to work towards additional qualifications which could help them gain entry into college or Further Education in 2012.
The 24-week programme, which combines theoretical and practical learning, will be based at St James’ Park and is due to start in late January.
Jamie Vittles, Community Manager for the Football in the Community Trust said: “I am really pleased that we are able to expand upon the educational work we are already doing with local schools and school leavers in Devon to include helping young people who are not currently in education, training or work.
“For many young people, traditional Further Education isn’t the right pathway, but it is also becoming increasingly hard for young school leavers to find work. The new programme-led apprenticeship is open to anyone aged 16-18, who hasn’t continued with traditional Further Education and has an interest in the sport and leisure industry. We are still open to applications so if anyone is interested or would like to find out more, please get in touch.”
During the course of the programme, students will be able to work towards achieving the following qualifications: L2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership, L2 Award in Increasing Participation in Sport & Active Leisure in Community Settings, L1 Functional Maths and L2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure & Learning.
Chris Evans, Director of the Marchmont Observatory at the University of Exeter, added: "Research shows that the training and work experience that will be on offer through initiatives such as this new football apprenticeship will be invaluable to young people, giving them the skills to compete in this tough jobs market".
If you think the Programme Led Apprenticeship could be right for you, or if you know someone else who may be interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 255611 to find out more.
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