Builders merchant Jewson has announced an official partnership across Scotland with Street League, the national charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment.
Jewson will provide work placements for up to 100 young people from Street League Academies across Scotland over the next 12 months.
Street League uses the power of football to attract unemployed people aged 16 to 24 onto its award-winning Academy programme. On the Academy, participants develop key employability skills, such as communication and teamwork, and acquire nationally-recognised qualifications. They also learn to build their CVs and undergo mock interviews – as well as playing football every day.
As part of the programme, participants also join real employers for work experience placements, which last between four and eight weeks, in order to prepare them for the world of work.
Dougie Stevenson, managing director for Street League Scotland, said: “Working at Jewson stores gives our young people a fabulous opportunity to hone the skills they have acquired on the Street League Academy, build their CVs and become attractive employees to other employers. We’re also delighted that some graduates have also gone on to work for Jewson on a permanent basis.”
Allan Davidson, regional director at Jewson said: “With nearly half a million 16-24 year olds in the UK currently without employment, initiatives such as Street League are fundamental in ensuring that young people gain the skills and workplace experience they need. To be able to offer a route to employment through something as accessible as sport is fantastic and we hope even more businesses get involved.”