posted on 13 July 2012

A new scheme targeted at equipping young people with the skills to find employment has started this week.

Frankie Stynes the course facilitator (centre) along with workshop attendees: (left to right) Daniel Robinson, Rebecca Taylor, Kayleigh Sykes and Simon Atkinson

Supported by local firm FleetMaster OSS Ltd, the first of the three week programmes began at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, home of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, with 20 adults between the ages of 18 and 24 attending workshops that will lead to BTEC qualifications in both work and functional skills plus a qualification in accredited learning.

Those that have taken part 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 young people taking part fall into the NEET category, meaning they are not in employment, education or training. Figures show that 15% of people between the age of 18-24 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 massive importance according to Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder.

“Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust are a registered charity that supports Education as part of our remit and this is an issue we as a Charity and a Club that we wish to support. Some of the young people participating are already being made offers of potential work after only one week and we are actively trying to ensure the experience is as positive as possible with outcomes that help the young people and the district as a whole,” said Winder.

To sign up for the next three-week programme that will begin on Monday 6th August you should contact Semi Tadulala on either 01924 611 211 or email semitadulala@wakefieldwildcats.co.uk.

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