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The Tigers Trust is one of six EFL Football Clubs that are part of an exciting new programme which will provide 18-24 year olds with the key skills and experience to find employment. 
The EFL Trust’s Training Ground programme is part of a new partnership with the Youth Futures Foundation that will target young people that are really struggling to get a foothold in the workplace. The initiative is aimed at 18-24 years olds that are furthest from the workplace and will help participants by enabling them to take on new education, employment or training opportunities leading to long term career progression. 
Adrian Tallon, EFL Trust’s Head of Education and Employability said: 
“This is a unique opportunity for young people to overcome barriers and unlock their potential. They will be supported through our Training Ground programme which takes a holistic approach to employment. The programme provides practical support and training, alongside mentoring and wellbeing activities that will increase the confidence and overall wellbeing of participants.” 
The Youth Futures Foundation was established to find, fund, support and evaluate programmes which help young people to move into meaningful work. Unemployment amongst 16-24-year olds is currently four times as high as any other age group; those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds face the biggest challenge in getting a job. 
Youth Futures Foundation’s Chief Executive, Anna Smee, commented: 
“We are delighted to support EFL Trust’s Training Ground Programme. Youth Futures Foundation is committed to a society where all young people have equitable access to good quality jobs, by identifying ‘what works’, investing in good practice and initiating new ways of working – to ignite systems change. This partnership will support our ambitions and help to deliver our vision.” 
Tigers Trust CEO, Catherine Bishop added, 
“The Tigers Trust are delighted to be one of the six clubs working with the EFL Trust to deliver the ‘Training Ground’ programme. We have an important job ahead of us to continue to support those in our local communities with their health and well-being as we move forward from lockdown. This ‘pilot’ programme, will help us to support 8 young people with essential skills to find employment.” 
The Training ground programme presents an opportunity to gain accredited skills and qualifications combined with increased personal development, culminating in work placement. Additional support will be provided throughout by a dedicated mentor and a targeted health and wellbeing programme. Skills wise the programme will include the development of English & maths functional skills, digital skills, health & safety, money management and customer services. The programme will also include workshops covering personal development areas such as resilience, interpersonal and employability skills as well as improving the participant’s physical and mental health. 
For more information, please email [email protected] 
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