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A UNIQUE programme which aims to provide training opportunities to help people find jobs is set to click into gear this week.
Hartlepool United is launching the Football in the Community Programme through a partnership with CableCom Training and Hartlepool College of Further Education.
The scheme will be called Career and Skills Through Football and will allow people to study for nationally-accredited qualifications that can lead to a career within the telecommunications, media and cable industry.
It is believed to be the first scheme of its kind in the country.
The new initiative will be based at the club’s Victoria Park ground and will utilise facilities previously used as the Playing for Success Study Support Centre – a project that is coming to an end due to a withdrawal of government funding.
The new facility will include a practical training workshop which arrived at the ground this week.
It will initially offer training to meet the needs of the unemployed and local community.
To allow potential students the chance to see exactly how it works there is an open day planned to be held at Victoria Park, in Clarence Road, tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9, between 1pm and 6pm.
Visitors will be shown the training area and the tools and skills they will be taught throughout the duration of the course.
Defender Peter Hartley was at The Vic to learn more about the new scheme.
He said: “This is a link-up that can only benefit the people of the town.
“Unfortunately, Hartlepool has a high unemployment rate but this initiative is aimed at doing something about that and allowing people to build their skills and become job-ready.
“Being from the town I know what a hard-working and proud set of people we are and this course will hopefully offer a route back in to employment for a good few.”
Subjects covered during the course will range from installing fibre optic networks, datacom networks, telephone networks and associated sector skills.
Bosses say telecommunications is one of the fastest-growing technologies in the world with an average 110,500 new entrants in to the IT and Telecoms industry over the past five years.
Anyone interested in joining the programme or receiving further information on the Open Days should contact Donna Fraser at CableCom Training on (01642) 804000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org