Salford Red Devils Foundation have been working with a ‘back to work’ offer for the last 4 years, which includes a programme with the express purpose of getting local back ‘Ready to Work’. The original pilot took place in the old Willows based Learning Zone in January 2010 when 20 local people started a 7 week scheme designed to take them away from a mundane classroom by using the vehicle of a sports club.
A lot has been learned upon along the way as dozens of participants progressed on to new jobs or educational opportunities. Over time a more fluid approach has been adopted as participants can pick and choose the activities they wish to take part in according to what suits them best.
The Course is now run over 5 weeks - 1 day a week and as part of the full course participants can gain Food Hygiene Level 2 Certification, COSHH Certification and First Aid at Work Certification. These aspects can all be accessed individually by any Salford Resident who is currently working part time or is unemployed.
Over the 2014/ 2015 period of activity 4 full courses will be delivered throughout the financial year at Salford Red Devils Foundation’s community classrooms as well as outreach courses across the city. These sites include Oasis Media City UK Academy and local community clubs. Over 100 local people will be engaged with via a series of activities ranging from cv writing, interview techniques and Food Hygiene courses through to work experience placements, first aid courses, COSHH courses and driving lessons.
SRDF maintain contact with all participants through phone calls and email newsletters making participants aware of job and educational opportunities that we find as part of our ‘Opportunities Bank’. SRDF is currently growing the number of opportunities available through Salford Red Devils’ commercial partners as we look to move people from the terraces into full time work.
Success stories have included current member of staff Danny Doherty who now leads a Project Support role overseeing our health and educational programmes having took part in the initial pilot. Also Craig Doherty of Little Hulton took part in the 2nd programme and joined us initially via the Future Jobs Fund scheme before going on to become a Learning Assistant at Willow Tree Primary School.
This programme is funded by Salford City Council to work with Salford Residents to improve the lives of Salford people.