Manchester City sign up young local talent in apprenticeship drive
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Local Government
Manchester City football club sign up young talent in apprenticeship drive
Premier League champions Manchester City are showing their commitment to nurturing young local talent by signing up new recruits to bolster their community outreach work.
The Blues are behind Manchester City Council’s drive to promote apprenticeships to young people and employers across the city - and have expanded their own apprenticeship scheme by taking on three new recruits to work for their City in the Community Foundation (CITC).
The new apprentices, aged from 17 to 25, work on a range of community programmes, from health and education projects to disability sports, multi-sports and anti-social behaviour initiatives.
CITC currently engages with around 230,000 young people per year and plans are in place to expand its reach by introducing extra community programmes - which will in turn allow City to take on more young people as apprentices.
Head of CITC Delivery Mike Green is leading the expansion of the scheme, as part of the club’s strategic aim to support the regeneration of East Manchester.
Mike said: "Community is at the heart of Manchester City. The Club is delighted to contribute further to the sustainable development of this region by offering local people life-long learning and employment opportunities. Working in partnership with Manchester City Council, we look forward to seeing the long-term positive effects on the communities around us."
Over 200 different types of apprenticeships are now available across many different industries and business types. Recruitment is typically based upon an individual’s competency for a role, rather than their academic record.
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "We welcome Manchester City’s support for what is one of our most important campaigns. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly attractive to young people who want to get paid while they earn official qualifications and gain invaluable work experience.
"City’s scheme is a great example of the exciting new breed of roles available for young people looking to lay the foundations for a rewarding future career."
The announcement comes at the start of National Apprenticeship Week. Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.