500 young people will be given the opportunity to work in an EFL club or club community organisation as part of the government's Kickstart scheme, the EFL has announced.
Currently, over 65 clubs have signed up to be involved with the scheme, that will see them offer six-month work placements to young people aged between 16 and 24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit. It is aimed to arm young people with the skills and experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.
The vacancies that clubs and their charitable arms will offer, include business administration, sports coaches, marketing, ground staff, finance, youth work, graphic design, film and photography and HR and data administration roles.
Kickstart is a government scheme that helps young people to get their foot on the ladder and a foothold in the world of work. Nationally, the scheme has already created more than 38,000 vacancies across the UK and received over 4,000 applications from employers. In the coming months, tens of thousands more jobs are expected to be opened.
Rich Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, praised clubs for signing up to the scheme, stating: "young people have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic."
The scheme targets young people who have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and Kickstart focuses on giving them the best possible chance of finding a job.
Under the scheme, the EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the EFL will be acting as a Gateway provider, bringing together a network of football clubs, community organisations and other partners, to provide a wealth of opportunities across the country for the out-of-work youngsters.
Over the past 3 weeks, the first Kickstarters to take roles within EFL clubs have come into post, including Maklin Doherty, who joined Luton Town Football Club's Community Trust as a marketing and communications assistant. Following his graduation from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 degree in Graphic and Communication Design in 2019, Maklin has found it increasingly difficult to find opportunities during the pandemic and had to apply for Universal Credit.
“The recruitment process and feedback from the Trust made me feel seen and revived a level of confidence within myself that has been lacking since the first lockdown began. That barriers I felt existed collapsed before my eyes," he started.
“The recruitment process was efficient and professional, taking only 15 days from making my application to receiving the job offer.”
Minister for employment Mims Davies MP said: “It’s great to see the EFL Trust sign up to the Kickstart scheme, to nurture and support so many of our next generation of workers. This fantastic commitment will see nearly 500 young people take up a diverse range of roles, from working in finance and HR, to becoming a sports coach or marketing for a major club.
“The Kickstart Scheme gives thousands of young jobseekers a chance to get on the jobs ladder – they’ll gain vital work experience, build a network of contacts and learn the value of earning a wage for themselves – as part of our £30bn Plan for Jobs helping people of all ages into work.”
Mike Evans, EFL Trust CEO added: “This impact of COVID-19 on our young people is clearly very significant and we are delighted to be able to offer opportunities to young people in our communities through the Kickstart programme. A key part of our strategy at the EFL Trust is to raise aspirations and realise the potential within our communities and a scheme like Kickstart enables us to have a significant impact on the young people who need out support most right now.”
Author: Jake Wilkin