Foundation :: Employability
THE SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT PROJECT began in the spring of 2006. This is an innovative project whose aim is to help the long-term unemployed back into work or education.
The participants have an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to increase their employability prospects through a personal training programme, using football as a vehicle.
Celtic provides community coaches for the practical element of the project using football to engage those most disadvantaged in the community. The football component has proved to be significant in assisting and developing the candidates' interpersonal skills which are transferable to the work place, such as teamwork, discipline, communication and organisational skills. The coaching events can also lead the participants to becoming a football coach.
Course trainers are provided by Skills Development Scotland and their role is to introduce elements of careers advice and 'work net'. (Work net is a motivational and employability tool. ) This benefits the trainees in their job search. Jobcentre Plus provides a personal advisor for the project to provide employability support including in-work benefit calculations as well as matching trainees to suitable vacancies.
Celtic's well established 'Support Employment' project has now expanded to take in participants from the Lennoxtown area.
There are four 'Support Employment' courses during each calendar year. Each course runs for ten consecutive weeks and adheres to the 16-hour work rule. The following statistics highlight how effective the programme has been.
14 adults have been employed by Celtic from the 'Support Employment' project
Celtic has supported over 400 adults in improving their transferable interpersonal skills and employment opportunities
Celtic has contributed to the success of the 'Support Employment' project with 73% of local adults now in training and/or employment
Celtic is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland , Jobcentre Plus, Cumbernauld College, East Dunbartonshire Council and the Lennoxtown Initiative.
THE FUTURE JOBS FUND
THE FUTURE JOBS FUND WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET OF 2009 to support the creation of jobs for long-term unemployed young people and others who face significant disadvantage in the labour market. Most of the jobs created are aimed at the 18 to 24 age group. The fund is run by the Department for Work and Pensions with input from Jobcentre Plus.
Each organisation or company involved has to show that they will create additional jobs, lasting 6 months, either for long-term unemployed young people or people in unemployment hotspots; that the work done will benefit local communities; and that there will be support for employees to move into long-term, sustained employment. The jobs must be 'additional'. That is, they could not exist without this funding. Celtic's involvement in the Future Jobs Fund was in conjunction with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Scottish Premier League (SPL).
The Project in Action at Celtic
It was thought by the SPL that working with football clubs would present the attraction necessary for potential employees and that the jobs would be in coaching and with ground staff, administration, journalism, IT and multimedia.
Celtic obtained 73 posts at the Club. Several worked in the Celtic Foundation as football coaches, shadowing the regular community coaches. Some worked in the Foundation's administration. Some worked with head groundsman, John Hayes and others were in the commercial and multimedia departments.
Moira Cuthbertson, SCVO employment services officer, and Margaret Wallace, head of employment initiatives were impressed by the enthusiasm and positive attitudes
of the Future Jobs Fund employees at Celtic.
"It was great to hear the Future Jobs Fund employees say that they had landed their 'dream' jobs. The warmth and friendliness that was coming from the supporting staff certainly made it feel like a super place to work and learn."
"It was a pleasure to meet the Future Jobs Fund employees at Celtic Park and hear how much they have already gained from their experiences. I also saw how enthusiastic and supportive the Celtic Foundation staff are of the Future Jobs Fund programme and their employees."