Four of Barnet's Future Jobs Fund employees recently visited The Football League offices in London to talk about the opportunity the Bees have provided them with.
The Future Jobs Fund is a Government initiative to help create jobs with training that's primarily aimed at 18-24 year olds who have been out of work for nearly a year to deliver real benefits to communities.
The Football League Trust submitted a bid to the Department of Work and Pensions to create 200 new jobs across the 76 Community Trusts. This bid was accepted in October 2009, and the challenge for the Trust was to then get the jobs created and filled by April 2010. The roles included Community Sports Coaches, Administration Assistants, Media and Marketing Assistants, Ground staff and Nutritionists.
Four positions were created and filled at the club in March, with each member of staff receiving training for their specific role.
Stephen Bull, 18, previously studied towards a sports qualification as he wanted a job in sport for a long time. After a couple of setbacks Stephen was notified by the Job Centre that he had been successful in his application for a job at Barnet.
During his time at the club he has ran coaching sessions for a variety of age groups including youths and adults. He has completed his FA Level 1 in coaching and enrolled on a number of courses which include, 'Raising the Bar', Futsall and a skills course which helped provide an insight into new methods and techniques of coaching. During his time with Barnet he has developed his behaviour management skills which have proved very useful when conducting training sessions and enjoys being a role model to the local kids both on and off the pitch.
Stephen is about to commence work on his FA Level 2 coaching qualification and hopes for a prolonged stay at the club in to continue his development.
In a statement of gratitude towards the club, Stephen said: "Barnet gave me the chance I needed to start my career in football."
Cecil Mong, 22, studied Law for four years at The University of Bradford, following his graduation he like many other young people in the country found it difficult securing employment. Cecil was notified of the opportunity at Barnet by the Job centre and after his application was delighted to learn that he landed the job.
His role at the club sees him working in Barnet's Commercial Department which includes selling advertising space within the ground, acquiring sponsorship for the club, selling hospitality boxes and promoting the clubs 'Beer Festival' via the club programme.
Speaking of the opportunity Barnet has provided him, Cecil said: "The main things I will take away from this experience are the transferable skills I have gained in the area of generating revenue which can be applicable to any business situation."
Ashley Levin, 20, is a fantastic example of how the FJF scheme and the power of football can play a significant role in changing someone's life. Despite having some difficulties in the past Barnet recognised Ashley's talent and were determined to give him a second chance.
Before Ashley assumed his position at Barnet he had previously studied a NVQ in Sports and Activity leadership which ignited his passion for coaching.
Since being at the club Ashley has completed both his FA Level 1 in coaching and an anger management course. He has also attended a course which specialises in working with gangs which empowers coaches with both the knowledge and technique to diffuse a range of scenarios.
Ashley is currently working towards his FA Level 2 coaching badge and has enrolled on a course to develop his skills and build experience within youth work.
Ashley said: "I am grateful to Barnet for giving me the chance to turn my life around and come from where I used to be to where I am now."
Kabir Bhasin, 23, is an Actuarial Science graduate who after his studies in 2009 did a number of part time jobs before discovering the Accounts Assistant role at Barnet. When he heard of the opportunity, Kabir was instantly interested as he felt a strong affinity to his local team.
Kabir's working day's consist of a range of tasks including, taking calls, arranging concessions and group tickets, operating the online sales, arranging hospitality and performing stock takes of the Bar. Kabir also utilises his I.T. expertise to solve system and software crashes.
Speaking of the opportunity at Barnet Kabir said: "No matter how high I fly in my life to come, I shall be ever grateful to my local football club Barnet FC for giving me my wings."
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