EARLIER in the year, QPR in the Community Trust were delighted to become part of the EFL Kickstart Scheme which has seen over 500 young people given the opportunity to work in an EFL club or club community organisation.
This scheme has since seen six young local adults working for Rangers in host of different roles and Rory Brelsford, QPR in the Community Trust's employability coordinator, has been at the forefront of the amazing work between QPR and the EFL Kickstart Scheme.
The six young adults - who have all become an integral part of Queens Park Rangers, with two of them already being offered full-time roles - are:
- Khalim Ryder - Ticket Office Assistant
- Chloe Cooper - Inclusion & Girls Community Coach
- Hamda Ismail - NCS Admin Support Officer
- Chloe Hollander - Retail Assistant
- Younes El-Hasnaoui - Kicks Community Coach
- Muhammad Al-Kinani - Education Community Coach & Admin Assistant
Rory was quick to highlight just how well they have all done, by telling www.qpr.co.uk: “To be able to watch them flourish in their respective departments is really rewarding on a personal level.
“The scheme is for 18 to 24-year-olds who are on universal credit and it offers them six-month paid work placements.
“The Trust initially agreed to take on six young people and because of the success of it within the Trust and other departments, the club has progressively got more involved - and I think we are hoping to expand to 11 in the near future.
“It works for the young people and has made a real difference.
“In the coming weeks, two of the young people will be moving into full-time roles with us and hopefully that will be the same for the others.
“Andy Evans (Community Trust CEO) was eager to work with the EFL and take part in this scheme based on the impact it would have on the local community - it goes out to local west London job centres, which means everyone who applies are from Shepherd's Bush and White City, right at the heart of our community. So it is really local people, they are from a stone’s throw away and it is really beneficial to them and to us.”
He added: “Hamda started it off with her wonderful work with NCS and it has been like a domino effect since then, we have people now working in the Superstore, the Box Office, NCS, coaching and inclusion coaches and the feedback we have received from each department is really good, everyone is really happy.
“From a personal point of view, it’s nice to support young people who have been on universal credit. I am someone who themselves left the education system and ended up on universal credit.
“I have an understanding of the impact of that, so to be able to support these young people who are so capable and able to work is amazing.”