Fulham leads football clubs working with Jobcentre Plus jobs drive


Football clubs across the country are stepping up their efforts to work with local Jobcentre Plus offices and help get young people back into work.

With the number of long-term unemployed 16-to-25s-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) still relatively high, Fulham Football Club have teamed up with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help them build up their skills and potentially find new positions.

Now, the London club is inviting teams from around the country to learn from its efforts so that they can work with their local job centres to provide specialist training to young jobseekers in their areas.

Indeed, the Football League Trust is stepping up its efforts to ensure that its members do their bit to help boost employment levels in their communities, and is even leading the way with the creation of a new 12-week traineeship designed to help youngsters build up skills they can impress potential employers with.

Welcoming the initiative, Employment Minister Priti Patel said: "Employment is at a record high, unemployment is at a seven-year low and wages are continuing to grow, but we are not stopping there. 

"Football clubs are much-loved institutions in the heart of their communities and are ideally placed to help their local fans find lasting jobs. Our Jobcentres are teaming up with organisations like Fulham Football Club Foundation across the country to help people overcome barriers and move closer to employment."

At present, 12 clubs across England are offering the 12-week traineeship programme, with the aim of increasing this to 40 by the end of 2016.

As well giving NEETs valuable general skills, all of them required by most employers, the scheme is geared towards giving young people professional training 'within a sports setting', with several graduates having already landed jobs with the clubs themselves. 



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