Friday, 15 June 2012

Thanet Council - Back to work through sport!

Thanet’s young unemployed are being given the chance to gain employment skills – and also receive first-class football coaching training. 
Organised by Charlton Athletic Community Trust in partnership with Thanet District Council’s Sport 4 NRG, two separate courses are aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds receiving a Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA).
From Monday 9 to Thursday 12 July, Margate’s Quarterdeck Youth Centre will be offering skills and employment training, covering an array of employments essentials, including CV-writing and mock interviews. 
And once the young jobseekers have completed this course, they’ll be entitled to access the second part of the package – a free course that introduces them to the world of football coaching.
Also taking place at the Quarterdeck Youth Centre, the FA Level 1 football coaching course runs from 16th to 18th July. Those who complete it will receive a certificate that enables them to coach young people from grassroots clubs, under the supervision of a qualified coach.
The council’s Sport 4 NRG Officer, James Gregory, said: “Getting a job can be a job in itself – and things can be tough for young people who have received setbacks that have affected their self-esteem and motivation.
“That’s why we’re thrilled to be working with Charlton Athletic Community Trust on an initiative that’s designed to boost self-confidence and give a real sense of achievement. And once the job skills and coaching courses have been completed, the young people will have a much greater chance of securing employment. The skills they learn will be embedded, and can be transferred to all areas of their life.” 
He added: “We’ve worked closely with Charlton Athletic over the years, and we’re very grateful that the club has displayed so much faith in the young people of Thanet.”
Any young person wishing to join the courses should attend the Thanet Gateway on Friday 29 June from 11am at the Thanet Gateway Plus, Cecil Street, Margate.

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