The Albion Foundation has teamed up with The Premier League, Princes Trust and The Professional footballers Association to offer a great opportunity to young adults aged between 16-24 years, who are not in education, training or employment above 16 hours per week.
During this year long programme participants will be given the opportunity to gain a number of new skills and accreditations. Some of these include: numeracy and literacy key skills; money and life skills; social and educational workshops; Employabilty qualification.
Our aim is to support unemployed young people with real practical experience in the work place, along with the key skills they require for their future career.
The overall purpose of the programme is to facilitate a young person’s progression onto an Apprenticeship programme, full-time education or sustainable employment.
To help incentivise the programme, the students have been rewarded for their attendance with trips out to ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, go-karting and tickets to the West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa fixture in the Premier League.
An example of a recent task that the group were asked to undertake included participating in an “Apprentice” challenge. The students were split into two separate teams. The teams then had to nominate a Project Manager for the tasks. The Challenges took place in West Bromwich Town Centre and New Square Shopping Centre.
The teams were faced with three tasks to complete throughout, with a time limit of 2 and a half hours to complete:
1) Teams were given money that they were only allowed to spend in charity shops. They must make an outfit suitable for an interview to be presented in the “Boardroom” at the end of the day.
2) Teams were given a list of random items that they must locate for the cheapest price possible, and provide evidence of this.
3) The final stage consisted of a list of challenges that the groups must complete and provide photo or video evidence to demonstrate completion in order to gain the points.
The Boardroom awaited the teams upon completion. Although not quite Canary Wharf, The Albion Foundation School provided the background for the Boardroom where one group would be hired and one group would be fired! Nandos vouchers were on offer to the winning team.
The day was deemed to be a huge success with the boys narrowly winning. The Challenge introduced a lot of new skills for the students including seeing them prepare for an interview, dealing with new people in a polite and confident manner and working as a team to achieve an overall goal.