WCG, formerly known as Warwickshire College Group, and the EFL are joining forces to offer young learners a chance to improve their qualifications and employability skills in a ground-breaking new partnership, which will benefit QPR’s Community Trust.
Since last year, WCG and EFL Trust have been working in partnership to deliver Traineeships to 16-18 year-olds within the English Football League Community Trusts.
Currently, the WCG is working with a number of clubs including QPR.
The programme is designed to target NEET young people (Not in Employment, Education or Training), offering this section of society a chance to improve their Maths and English qualifications, employability skills and gain two or three days work experience each week. A Traineeship has already impacted nearly 100 students with 86% of individuals achieving a positive outcome, stepping into employment, studying further education or finding an apprenticeship.
The programme offers young people a different pathway into employment or education. Many students struggle in the traditional learning environment whilst on a Traineeship they will benefit from learning in a professional environment that provides a much more suitable workspace.
Last year WCG hosted its first annual best practice workshop and conference, whereby the clubs had the opportunity to share important updates and progress to date, with guest speakers from Princes’ Trust.
Megan Smith, QPR FC Community Trust Employability Coordinator explained how important the initiative is: “This is a great opportunity for young people to develop their personal and social skills, giving them the confidence and the experience they need to make a positive transition back into education, access training or gain meaningful employment."
Whilst Adrian Tallon from EFL Trust said: “We are very excited about this partnership with WCG, which will ensure football club’s within our network can deliver traineeships to NEET young people in their communities, giving them the real-life work experience and work skills in an environment that we hope will inspire them.”
He added: “The event really showcased the great work that is already being done, and we are already looking forward to the next workshop to see how far the programme has come.”