AN innovative scheme that helps people back on the employment ladder has been hailed a success by two graduates who have secured apprenticeships.
Hartlepool teenagers Callum Cole and Kenny Grigor, both 19, have been taking part in Street League, a national charity which aims to help 16 to 25-year-old men and women into employment, education and training.
It works with those who are not in employment, education and training (NEET), and the young people take part in a range of activities to build their employability.
The Street League academy sessions are held at Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road and Callum and Kenny say the scheme helped them secure apprenticeships with Barclaycard.
Andy Gray. progressions co-ordinator, said: “As a football charity, we have links to Barclays, through their sponsorship of the Premier League, and they are very keen to work with Street League to offer opportunities to our participants in their Thornaby and Sunderland contact centres.”
Kenny said: “The academy was really enjoyable and the support I got from Andy gave me more self-belief.
“He talked a lot about being mentally, as well as physically, fit and I started to look at things more positively, good things began to happen.
“Two months ago I was doing nothing positive with my time and now I’m starting work with Barclaycard and have some great career prospects.”
Callum added: “I was lazy and didn’t have much interest in anything work or course-related.
“If you’d told me a couple of months ago that I’d have all of these qualifications and a job I’d have told you to give your head a shake.
“But, it’s happened and I’m really chuffed how things have changed for me.”
The next course starts on Tuesday, May 7. For more information call Andy Gray on 07584706889 or Dean Cartwright on 07584504976.