Brothers Change Lives with Blackpool FC Community Trust

[caption id="attachment_3825" align="alignright" width="200"] Mark (left) and Ashley (right) pictured together[/caption] Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme has been changing lives for the better. Brothers Ashley and Mark are currently on the Trust’s employability programme – Traineeship and the pair have secured full-time employment at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship course runs for 16 weeks and aims to change lives for the better. The course has been made to help those who are aged 16-24 and who are not currently in education, employment or training. Ashley and Mark enrolled on the Traineeship programme in July along with 12 other learners. 80% of the learners have progressed on to Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC Education programme or secured employment. Ashley thanked Blackpool FC Community Trust for their support and guidance which has helped him secure employment. Ashley said, “I had no direction in my life and it was causing me problems with my mental health. Rick, Colin and everyone at Blackpool FC Community Trust have given me the direction to change my life and now, I’ve not only learnt crucial life skills on the Traineeship course, but I’ve also got myself a job.” Mark followed up what his brother said and is excited for what the future has in store for him. Mark said, “Working with Blackpool FC Community Trust has probably been the best thing I've ever done. Now I’m working with my brother and studying with him and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us.” Over the last 12 months, the Trust has worked with 77 learners who enrolled on to the Traineeship course and 63% have secured full-time employment or gone into education. No qualifications are required and the course is free of charge. The Traineeship course also gives the opportunity for the trainees who enrol, to progress onto a further education course in sports. The trainees will gain 110 hours of work experience and will be working within a professional football club. Senior Employability Officer Rick Bryan praised Ashley and Mark for their commitment on the course. Rick said, “Ashley and Mark have engaged in many practical elements including first aid at work course and interviews which have landed them with a job at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. They have both completed their Sports Leaders Award and learnt key life skills whilst on the course which has seen them overcome their low self-esteem and lack of confidence.” For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s employability programmes, call 01253 348691.