Aspire II Employability Programme

28 Jul 2016

Daniel completed the Aspire II employability programme with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation in 2015. Prior to the course, he had had some brief employment but was mainly responsible for being a Carer at home.

The course enabled participants to gain valuable skills in which to provide a base to launch a career. It included CV workshops, interview technique and new employment opportunities were presented. Qualifications included the BTEC Level 2 Award in Football Organisations, emergency aid and safeguarding certificates as well as the Football Association level 1 in football coaching. These were an opportunity for participants to become qualified sports coaches as well as to receive transferable skills, which could enhance their employment prospects.

Voluntary opportunities were offered to participants through the community eagles volunteering programme and Daniel embraced the chance to work at the Foundation. As well as helping at events, he began a weekly voluntary session supporting administration tasks in the office. This included data entry, filing and supporting the coordination of other volunteers. Daniel supported outreach activities in the community and used his experience to promote Foundation courses to other young people.

With an updated CV and office experience, Daniel moved closer to the job market and his next goal is to support education delivery on behalf of the Foundation, in local schools. There was a delay in disclosure barring check which would have enabled this to take place earlier. Despite this, Daniel still embedded himself in office Foundation activities and events, which did not go unrecognised by other staff. Through liaising with local employers, the Foundation is further supporting Daniel by forwarding employment and training opportunities.

Regarding his experience as a volunteer and with the Foundation in general, Daniel said “I gained a new perspective on life which gave me more purpose to get on with productive tasks. I want to coach as much as I can and learn new skills in future.” Subsequently, Daniel started an 8 week intensive course with Halfords, where he will train to acquire the necessary skills to become a sales assistant. Interviews are built in to the end of the course and we will continue support him along the way.