There were smiles all round at Turf Works recently as participants finished a BTEC Level 1 Employability/Work Skills qualification.
The informative course helps learners improve their understanding and application of work-based skills which they can take forward with them when searching for and securing employment.
Participants were invited to join Burnley FC in the Community staff to receive a certificate and Burnley FC shirt for successfully completing the qualification.
Our Turf Works programme funded by the Premier League, uses the power of football to engage 18-24 year olds who are not involved in education, training or employment.
With a focus on skills and training, participants are offered the opportunity to access a BTEC Level 1 Employability/Work Skills qualification from Nelson and Colne College. The recent Turf Works cohort saw participants complete the BTEC delivered by College Tutor Gregg Stevenson.
Taking place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, between 10am-3pm at UCFB Burnley, the Turf Works programme aims to help participants progress closer to volunteering or employment.
Facilitated through group sessions, activities include CV workshops, budgeting and money management, interview techniques and a daily job search. The skills gained are enhanced through a work experience placement and one-to-one sessions with trained Burnley FC in the Community staff members.
Alongside the BTEC and classroom taught skills, sessions also include health and fitness activities in the Elite Training Centre at Turf Moor and the group work on their motivation and team work skills with recreational games in the game zone at the stadium.
It’s been a successful few months of the programme with participants enjoying various work placement and volunteering opportunities helping to build their confidence as they enter the job market.
Burnley FC in the Community Employability Officer, Claire Grimshaw said: “I’m so pleased with the Turf Works participants, they have all worked really hard and today was a fantastic celebration of the Level 1 qualification.”
“Gregg from Nelson and Colne has been brilliant; the group have really engaged with him and I can’t thank him enough for all his help. The group have found his sessions incredibly useful and are so grateful for his support and encouragement.”
Participant Ash Wilson has been volunteering on Burnley FC in the Community’s KICKS programme, free football and dance sessions for young people aged 8-19 years old. Ash has found the experience beneficial and would now like to pursue a career in coaching having completed the BTEC Work Skills Level 1 qualification on the course.
Burnley FC in the Community currently run three Turf Works cohorts a year with the next course starting in September 2017 and there is still plenty of time to register.