Tottenham Hotspur spurring young people into jobs

Having just recently appointed a new manager, English football club Tottenham Hotspur are no strangers to the world of recruitment.

Mon, 9 Jun 2014 | Matt BodimeadeHaving just recently appointed a new manager, English football club Tottenham Hotspur are no strangers to the world of recruitment.

Over the past 14 months, the club, Haringey Council and Jobcentre Plus have been working together to secure employment opportunities and sustained employment for local residents arising from developments and business growth in Haringey.

The services provided to employers and local residents include pre-application assessments, screening, training, workshops, and practical support with applications and interview preparations.

Nikki Kelly, employment and skills manager for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, told Recruiter it “has been a great 12 months for the Foundation … We’ve already held two jobs fairs, one last October and one in March, which had over 40 employers in attendance”. The Foundation is set to hold a third job fair this week (on Wednesday, 11 June).

“The job opportunities created by the partnership to date represents a huge achievement for the club, and through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s delivery of education and employment projects, we aim to continue to create better futures for local residents.”

The foundation coincides with the £300m-plus redevelopment of Spurs’ ground into a 56,000-seat stadium and associated retail properties. The first phase of which has been completed and includes a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

To date, 530 new jobs have been created by the partnership, with 216 people recruited in the first phase of jobs at the new Sainsbury’s store, which opened last November. Phase two is now under way for further vacancies including internet staff and drivers.

Members of the squad have been getting out into the community on a weekly basis to promote the foundation, using their star power to show what can be achieved and offering those taking part in the foundation’s activities encouragement.

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