A group of Devon youngsters believe they have been given an ideal springboard to kick-start their careers thanks to the help of Exeter Chiefs, South West Communications Group and the Prince’s Trust.
The three organisations have teamed up to provide the ‘Get Started with Sport’ course, which aims to allow young people the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence they need to get a job in the future.
In the latest running of the scheme held again at Sandy Park – the home of Exeter Rugby Club – the group were able to gain not only the RFU Rugby Ready certificate, but also qualifications in Emergency First Aid (Sports First Aider) and First Steps Into Coaching
The five-day course also teaches CV and interview techniques, as well as a three-month mentoring support process after the course to help them in their pursuit of a finding a job.
For participants Aaron Proctor, Daniel Mather, Liam Walker, Lee Le-Roy, Daniel Allum, Les Palmer, James Bird, Ryan Arthurs, Brett Lorimer, Callum Salter and Chris Corry the completion of the course has proved not only a worthwhile exercise for each and every one of them, but has given them the confidence to now push on and look to find themselves a working career.
This is the third time the Chiefs have helped to stage the course, which this time saw participants from both Plymouth and Exeter attending.
Helping to oversee the group was Jaison Van Den Bosch of the Prince’s Trust and he was “delighted” with the efforts shown by those taking part.
He said: “As a Trust we were delighted with the success of the initial ‘Get Started with Sport’ course and this latest programme has proved equally successful. For all the boys this has not only given them a massive helping hand in terms of their own individuals futures, but they have also left with a number of varying qualifications that will not only improve their CVs, but will make them more attractive to future employers.
“Our aim at the Prince’s Trust is to help disadvantaged young people in the region and offer them an exciting and valuable opportunity to help get their lives back on track.”
It’s a view shared by Harry Langley, South West Communications Group’s managing director, who himself popped into Sandy Park during the week to oversee the work being carried out by the group and to present the end of course certificates and .
He said: “We are all aware that not everybody has the perfect start in life, but schemes like this really do help to give those youngsters that bit of help they need. As a company we are delighted to offer our support to the project, which is using not only the brand of the Exeter Chiefs to deliver the message, but also the expertise of the Prince’s Trust.
“It’s great to see that those who have participated in this course are here for the main purpose that they want to change their lives for the better. As an employer I know that traditional learning mechanisms don’t always suit everyone, so it’s great to see that learning and training methods you sometimes associate with that of a rugby team are being used to help bring these youngsters on.”
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