In a celebration event presided over by Alex Williams MBE, 10 young people out of education and employment, collecting their certificates and made their acceptance speech in front of their peers, and celebrated with a Q&A and presentation from the legendary Manchester City goalkeeper.
Over the duration of the 8-week course, participants work with CITC officers, staff and our recruitment partner Hays, on a series of employment workshops, with a focus on developing soft employability skills such as CV and cover letter writing, interview practise and how to approach job applications.
There is also the opportunity to gain qualifications, such as ASDAN Level 1 Award in Employability Skills, First Aid Qualification, as well as Food Hygiene and Sale2Site Online CSCS qualifications.
Alongside qualifications, there is a real focus on developing participants as individuals, developing broader life skills, confidence, resilience and physical and mental health, so participant feel positive and confident to develop their personal and professional lives.
Chris Johnston, Degree Officer at City in the Community, said, “It’s a great achievement for all the participants on our City Careers course. All the guys have been hard working, engaged and enthusiastic for all the sessions and events throughout.
“It’s great to see how they’ve all developed over the course of the programme in regards to their confidence and employability skills, which will hopefully put them in a stronger position in regard to future employment and training opportunities.
“We’re especially delighted to see all our participants now progressing through different application and interview processes, with several securing employment and apprenticeships.”
Tori Ali aged 18, and a participant on City Careers, added, “As I didn’t get into college this year, I thought joining City Careers would be a good opportunity to help me get a job and explore something new.
“The trips to the Football Museum and activities have been great, and the work we’ve done with the CITC Coaches look like they’ve helped me get an entry role too, which has been brilliant.
“I’m not sure I’d have got the role with out the confidence this course has given me, and the help with interview training and prep will help me prepare for future opportunities too.”
City Careers is an 8-week employability programme, working in areas of deprivation creating health and education benefits, with an aim of getting young people into education and employment.
Over the course of the year, CITC host several 8-week City Career programs, and are currently accepting referrals for the next cohort, commencing on October 19th.
City Careers is a program hosted by City in the Community and funded through The Prince’s Trust’s Future Workforce Fund.