The Wildcats Community Trust are launching a new scheme aimed at equipping young people in the District with the skills to get into work.
Targeting youngsters aged between 16 and 24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) the three-week programmes at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium will provide those that sign up with qualifications that will vastly improve their chances of gaining employment.
Supported by local company FleetMaster OSS Ltd, the Trust team will deliver workshops that will lead to BTEC qualifications in both work and functional skills plus a qualification in accredited learning.
Those that sign up will have the chance to meet the Wildcats first team squad, be given a Gold Membership for the rest of the season and gain an insight into the workings of a rugby club behind the scenes whilst there will also be the opportunity for volunteering roles within the club following the conclusion of the three weeks.
The number of NEETs in the last government figures released stood at just short of 1 million, down fractionally on a number that was at its highest for over a decade at the end of 2011.
Further figures also show that 15% of people between the age of 16-24 who fall into the bracket of NEET die within ten years of falling out of the education and work system making the project being undertaken by the Trust one of huge importance as pinpointed by Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder.
“Unemployment throughout the country is an issue but particularly for young people within the Wakefield District. Recent statistics show that 14% of 16-24 year olds in Wakefield are NEET,” explained Winder.
“After leaving school, if people don’t attend college or find themselves an apprenticeship they’re almost left to their own devices and it can prove very difficult to get back into the system once you’re out of it.”
“By providing this free course we’re enabling young people to make themselves more employable, give them a greater understanding of what it’s like in the workplace and ultimately allow them to make a positive contribution to society. This is the first of many initiatives that we are looking at to support young people who are NEET.”
The first of the courses begins on Monday 21st May and anyone wishing to sign up can call Semi Tadulala on 01924 211611, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
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