Arsenal help young people into work with Barclays scheme

Just some of those helped by the Barclays Premier League Works enitiative at the Emirates Stadium

Just some of those helped by the Barclays Premier League Works enitiative at the Emirates Stadium - Credit: Archant

Arsenal are helping dozens of young people into work with a scheme alongside Premier League sponsors Barclays.

The gunners were one of five clubs to take part in the pilot of Barclays Premier League Works last season, which uses the popularity of the clubs to encourage young people to engage with them to gain education, training and ultimately – employment.

Barclays launched the second year of the scheme which now involves 20 clubs at the Emirates Stadium last month and among those commended was a success story from the Arsenal scheme, 21-year-old Lowell Hamilton-Bass, who had been unemployed after dropping out of sixth form college and was recommended to the scheme by his job centre

Mr Hamilton-Bass, who received a trophy on the night, said: “I’m a big Arsenal fan so working within the football club was a massive motivation.

“It pulled me up and gave me a reason to go out and get a job. As well as teaching you basic skills like English and Maths it also teaches you techniques that can help you get a job, such as interview techniques and public speaking.

“I recently had a group interview with a big supermarket and I was able to impress in the interview and get the job because of the things I learnt on the Barclays Premier League Works scheme. I would recommend it to anyone struggling to get a job.”

Troy Burry, 26, was attending his first session, he said: “I’m a lifelong Arsenal fan so it’s fantastic to be taking part in the workshop here today. My main aim is to get a full time job that I love and I hope Barclays Premier League Works will help me do that.

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“I’m really looking forward to learning ICT skills, such as working with iPads and financial management spreadsheets as I think this will help me in the future.”