Arsenal scores with the over 50s

Arsenal scores with the over 50s

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 | By Graham Simons


Arsenal Football Club is expanding its five-year-old employability initiative this January to include people over 50.

Over 200 young people have been supported into work since the North London Premier League outfit introduced employability training for long-term unemployed youth in the local community in 2011.

The 12-week programme offers training around interview skills, employment rights and responsibilities, working with colleagues and managing money. Additional sessions are delivered around English, Maths and ICT learning.

Candidates are placed into one of three groups offered the opportunity to join courses run by Arsenal in the Community, which last from one to three days per week depending on individual needs.

According to Arsenal employment officer Jack Ferguson, while the content of training planned for the over 50s is similar to that of younger groups, the way the training is delivered differs.

“It is at a different pace, and is a lot more about making people feel comfortable with the provision, and there’s a lot more confidence-boosting work,” Ferguson told Recruiter.

Arsenal in the Community has an extensive employer engagement programme which supports those on the programmes into paid work. There are currently 10 employer partners from sectors including retail, construction, hospitality and food retail.

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