Students Kickstart Life with Blackpool FC Community Trust

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s employability programmes has been opening new opportunities in employment and education. The Trust an employability programme called Traineeship - where youngsters aged 16-23 can get back into education or full-time employment. Connor Snape, 18 is currently on work placement with Blackpool FC and has been helping the Seasiders staff to prepare for pre-season and life in League One. Connor said, “As a massive Blackpool FC fan, I’m delighted to be receiving my work placement at the club. I’m helping out in the kit-room and making sure everything is ready for when the players return for pre-season training. This is my second placement as I was at TEE Time Golf Centre last month working with the grounds staff. Both placements has given me key employment skills which will hopefully get me some full-time work.” [caption id="attachment_3500" align="alignright" width="300"] James Hansen going over next week's rota[/caption] James Hanson, 17, has just finished the Kickstart course and is now working at Ascent Trampoline Park as a court marshal assisting customers. James thanked Blackpool FC Community Trust for turning his life around. James said, “At 16 I went into the army and I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t know what to do with my life but I enrolled on to Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship course and learnt important life skills. The Traineeship course changed my life. I progressed on to the Kickstart course. It really gave me the boost I needed in life and the Trust set up interviews with different organisations. I’m now working at Ascent Trampoline Park and I’m really enjoying it. I just want to thank Colin and Rick for their support.” Geoff Scott, 23, also used the Kickstart programme to gain full time employment. Following the completion of the course, the Trust set up a number of interviews for all Kickstart students. Geoff impressed local shop Co-op during an interview and was hired by them at the end of May. Geoff is delighted with how the Kickstart got his life back on track after struggling to find full time work. Geoff said, "I'm so pleased to be working full time at Co-op and it wouldn't have been possible without Blackpool FC Community Trust. They taught me key skills which I've taken with me into this new job and I'm really enjoying working at Co-op as I'm a big believer in quality of customer service." [caption id="attachment_3597" align="alignright" width="300"] Geoff Scott working at Co-op in Blackpool town centre[/caption]             For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, contact (01253) 348691