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Hundreds of people in Leicestershire have recently signed up for a new programme that offers people in the region the chance to gain qualifications and also offers volunteering, mentoring and employment opportunities within sport.
The Achievement Project launched its brand-new programme at a special event at New College Leicester on Thursday November 15th, when a host of people signed up for some of many courses available.
The Achievement Project focuses on providing education and qualifications to people of all ages, but a large proportion of that focus is centred on creating opportunities for young people. It aims to develop an accessible, sustainable and fit-for-purpose workforce, which increases the number of people playing, volunteering and working within sport.
The new training programme, which is available to residents of both the city and county, offers courses around leadership, coaching essentials, employability, functional skills and Entry Level and BTEC qualifications; as well as sports specific coaching qualifications
Joe Smith, Volunteer and Coach Education Coordinator, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain qualifications and work opportunities within the field of sport, as the project addresses the needs of the learner to enable them to fulfil their journey, through volunteering, training and employment.”
The launch event saw 150 individuals sign up for an incredible 231 bookings on the Achievement Project’s variety of courses, which also includes assistance in achieving employment through stewarding and education into CV writing and interview techniques.
Other opportunities available include the chance of becoming an AP Sports Apprentice, allowing participants, aged between 16 and 18, the chance to gain accredited, industry-recognised qualifications, in addition to valuable experience within school and community environments, whilst getting paid at the same time.
Sally Davis, b-active Manager leading on the Achievement Project added: “This is another example of how we are working hard to ensure that sport and physical activity remains a priority in our local schools and communities.
“We are focussed on providing young people with valuable vocational opportunities. Youth unemployment is a significant problem, via apprenticeships, we can make a real difference and these apprenticeships are giving individuals a valuable boost into a career in sport.”
The project runs from November 2012 to September, with over 40 courses due to run and 10 apprentice positions up for grabs. People can apply using our website, www.achievementproject.org.uk, where you can book online for all of our opportunities.