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Trusts team up to remove employment barriers

The Community Trust has been working with The Prince’s Trust to help unemployed young people move into work, education or training.

Ran in partnership with the Premier League and the PFA, the Get Started with Football courses help jobless young people develop key employability skills and gain accredited coaching and First Aid qualifications.

Helping 16-25 year olds, Get Started in Football offers short engagement programmes and one participant has recently secured a job with Swansea City.

Sports enthusiast Lloyd Thomas, 18, lacked confidence and direction but with the help of Get Started with Football, he was provided with a gateway into his dream career as a football coach.

“After finishing college, I really didn’t know where to turn,” he said. “I applied for roles but heard nothing back and doubted whether my qualifications would be able to land me a job. Get Started with Football enhanced my motivation and gave me the opportunity I needed to get my foot in the door.”

Lloyd’s enthusiasm during Get Started didn’t go unnoticed. After completing the course, he successfully landed the role of Apprentice Sports Coach with Swansea City AFC Community Trust and now works within the Premier League 4 Sport team. Lloyd now helps to plan and deliver sessions in schools and the local community to encourage long-term participation in sport among young people. Alongside his new role, Lloyd is completing a foundation degree in Coaching and Development.

“I am really enjoying the apprenticeship and learning a lot all the time,” he continued. “Going forward, I want to keep pushing myself and develop my abilities to become a full-time coach. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and delighted to be where I am now. For other young people out there who are unemployed and unsure about what to do next, I’d definitely recommend The Prince’s Trust. They can help you to gain the skills and self-belief you need to get your life on track.”

Course instructor and former Swans player, Michael Howard said “Swansea City AFC Community Trust is proud to work with The Prince’s Trust to help local, unemployed young people develop skills and confidence with the support of our experienced staff. Lloyd grasped the opportunity with both hands and we are happy to support him fulfil his ambition of becoming a fully qualified coach.”

The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, improve their confidence and develop skills for work. For more information about The Prince’s Trust, call 0800 842 842


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