Young people not in education, employment or training

Kicking off with Cardiff City

Kicking off with Cardiff City

A group of young people recently received recognition for kick-starting their careers during half-time at the latest game between Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.

The group were presented with certificates after successfully completing a bespoke course designed to support and motivate young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The five-week course, led by Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale, in partnership with Cardiff City FC, provided participants with the chance to learn about a range of careers paths and training opportunities associated with sport.

Cardiff City FC staff, including the 1st team’s physiotherapist and fitness coach, delivered sessions and the youngsters also took part in work experience days in various departments of the Club – giving them valuable insight and experience. All participants obtained a qualification in Sports Leadership.

Shirley Rogers, Post Education and Social Inclusion Manager at Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale said:

“Recent figures published by Careers Wales show that the proportion of young people who are NEET in Cardiff and the Vale is at its lowest point in five years, which is encouraging news. However, in a challenging labour market, it is crucial that the level of support for young NEETS is maintained.

“This programme was devised with this specific group of individuals in mind, and it is this highly tailored approach that has been fundamental to its success – and that of the participants, almost all of whom are now in further training.”

On receiving his certificate, seventeen year old Dean, one of the programme participants said:

“The course helped me with my teamwork and got me back into a routine. It also helped to build my confidence to move into training. I enjoyed the work experience with the maintenance team at Cardiff City and I’m now about to start a construction course.”

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