Our Traineeship programme is to support young people 16 – 24 years of age, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Working in partnership with the EFL and Warwickshire College the traineeship programme was developed to support young people over a 12 week period to give them work experience along with additional qualifications to make them more employable.

Qualifications include, Functional skills Maths and English, L3 First Aid at work, L1 in Employability and L1 in Health and Safety at work.

The Community Trust currently works with a host of businesses, including, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, NHS, Blackpool Transport, Sandcastle Waterpark who provide valuable work placement opportunities for the young people to gain real life work experience.

Louise Gaultier aged 18 started on the Blackpool FC Community Trust Traineeship Employability Programme in February 2020, she enrolled onto the programme with a vision of gaining employment within Hair & Beauty.  Louise was very focused and determined that this was where she would like to gain some work experience.  With this in mind she did a six week work placement at the Colour Lounge on Whitegate Drive where she settled very quickly and made a very positive impression.

Sadly, the national lockdown from the end of March put a set back to Louise’s placement. With support from the Community Trust we were able to find a new salon for Louise to continue her career journey. Anna, Salon owner of Monroe’s on Highfield Road said,  “Louise has settled in really well and got on with all the staff.  She is hard working and will do well if she remains focused.” As a result of this she has been offered a two year apprenticeship.

We would also like to say a massive congratulations to Olivia Sharp, who took part in the Traineeship programme, for passing her life guard training at the Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool in July.

Olivia started the Traineeship Programme at BFCCT prior to lockdown and had to complete the course online.

She has been a model student and worked amazingly hard both in class and at home to ensure all the work was finished.

We are proud to say she has secured a job at the Sandcastle as a life guard. Well done Olivia!

Olivia said, “overall I have gained a lot from the experience.  I’ve gained confidence, I’ve gained friends and I think more people should volunteer because it’s such a good thing to do.”

For anyone 16-24 unsure of which career path they want to go down or just need some work experience then the Kickstart traineeship programme could be the right course for you, for more information please ring 01253 348691 .

For more information about Blackpool FC Community Trust: call 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.