Apprenticeship Scheme gives young people the chance to become the next generation of Inspirational Coaches
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:51
Supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, a new apprenticeship scheme that aims to inspire young people through sport and physical activity are now taking applications for their first year in Birmingham.
Sport has the potential to transform lives and engage those who are trapped in poverty and isolation. Through training, teamwork and exercise, sport can make an enormous difference in both personal and educational development. In a recent report, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport found that underachieving young people participating in extra-curricular sport see an increase in their numeracy skills of 29 percent. Combine this with high levels of youth unemployment and the £7.4bn cost to the nation associated to medical and mental health issues linked to inactivity, it results in a need for a new and innovative approach.
The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme offers a range of qualifications, along with its unique combination of learning through employment and the classroom which supported by mentoring. The focus is on ensuring trainees progress rapidly and have the skills to operate in a professional capacity in whichever career path they choose.
Gary Laybourne, Coach Core Project Manager at The Royal Foundation said "In 2012, we wanted to start a programme that improved the quality of coach education and provision in schools and the community whilst also providing young people from challenging areas with an opportunity to remain engaged and progressing in education and employment. Since that date, we have brought together 30 different high quality sports employers in 6 cities around the UK to utilise our innovative apprenticeship model and provide places of employment as well as unique experiences and learning to the young people at the heart of it.
With nearly 100 graduates to date and a 98% success rate of those young people going into full time employment and/or education, we are proud that our expansion plans will allow more 16-24's the chance to access this intense and high quality education whilst also providing even more challenging communities with role models and coaches that are focussed on life long, positive relationships with sport and exercise and not just about the technical quality of their coaching."
The apprenticeship scheme has been developed in partnership with key sports organisations across the city to provide young people the opportunity to succeed. The employer list includes organisations such as Sport Birmingham, Aston Villa Foundation, Birchfield Harriers AC, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust, Birmingham Metropolitan College, B-Row: Youth Rowing and Canoeing, City of Birmingham Basketball, Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, England Netball, Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, Volleyball England and Warwickshire CCC.
Guy Rippon Head of the Aston Villa Foundation said "The Aston Villa Foundation is delighted to be a part of the Coach Core programme. There is a real partnership approach to the scheme, with a number of sports clubs and organisations in Birmingham coming together to offer this unique apprenticeship opportunity"
There is a really strong group of partners all working together and that shared experience and expertise, coupled with excellent teaching, learning and mentoring will benefit the apprentices massively. There is no doubt that the Coach Core programme will provide a fantastic platform from which to build a successful career in the sports and leisure industry for these young people."
If you are aged between 16 and 24 years old and are not in education, this could be the opportunity for you. You will get to train alongside inspirational coaches, developing your skills and improving your employability.
Deadline for applications is Friday 17th February