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Being innovative with our NEEETs
Needing Experience for Employment Education or Training. That’s what we like to think at Templegate Training!
There are so many projects out there. So many apprenticeship vacancies with another two million promised in the recent Queens Speech. The problem that we find is that there are so many young people not ready to make the leap into employment. Some are educationally not ready, some need to build up their confidence and self-esteem;
I recently visited a Job Centre (Plus) in Blackpool and it resembled a busy large High Street store. Two floors packed with people looking for work. They also have a separate building that looks after those up to the age of 24. I am sure that this is pretty commonplace around the country and more prevalent at those areas that are high unemployment Black spots. They tell me that they are busier than ever since Universal Credit appeared on the scene.
It seems logical to us at Templegate that by getting young people on a pre- employment route through a hook (sport) that we quickly see them develop and move on into education, further training and employment. At the last count over 40% of our students are now making the break in society on a route of self-improvement through further education or are now in employment.
Take Chelsea for instance one of our Coventry Academy students. She came to us because she had been turned down for a coaching job because the employer felt that she needed to build up her skill base, her confidence and her self-esteem. Three months that same employer gave her the job that she had previously been turned down for. This is just one of many examples that occur every week.
Take Hannah and Adrian from Liverpool. Both struggling to get work. The hook for them was sport. Yet another enquiry for help (as they thought) was for a change answered and they leave this month for a 7 week coaching position in Mexico with the opportunity of a 2 year contract!
Take Josh. Fell in with a bad crowd. In and out of prison. No real prospects but desperate for a chance. Didn’t really think we would enrol him on our course. Take Josh now. Full time sports coach for Templegate Training. One of the best we have!
So what is our magical formula? Well we don’t have one! It’s a simple process of combining sport with learning, with team building, with camaraderie, creating routine and trust. We give our students opportunities to travel, we supply them with kit, and we spoil them sometimes. We reward their achievements and try very hard to resolve their problems.
The key to our success is that we employ ex professional footballers as role models, top tutors and coaches. We re-employ our students as coaches within our Academies. Well who best understands what a new students is thinking and the problems they face daily?
So where are we? Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Telford, Solihull. Blackpool and Coventry. We start a new academy in Burnley in June following a call via the Government Minister with responsibility for Apprenticeships and his boss Vince Cable. Clearly good projects gain recognition at the highest level but the need exists more importantly to tackle them in innovative and effective way. That is what we do at Templegate.
Is there a ‘NEEET’ problem in this country? Yes of course there is but unless we tackle the problem in an innovative and creative way for those young people who feel forgotten then we will never really make any real impact.
Page Updated Last on: Jun 07, 2014