Delegates gather at Goodison to hear about the Everton Traineeships initiative

Last week a number of prolific entrepreneurs and organisations congregated at Goodison for a successful business breakfast hosted by Everton Traineeships.

Breakfast at The Club

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills, Councillor Nick Small was amongst the delegates who gathered in the The Club’s 1878 Lounge, as well as figures from Merseytravel, Thistle Hotel and the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees enjoyed breakfast and refreshments from Club partner Sodexo before listening to an introductory overview of the £4,492,219 Everton Traineeships scheme. The audience was also invited to take part in a Q&A session afterwards.

Cllr Small, who also addressed the group said:

“I believe we will have failed as a city if young people don’t have a chance to take opportunities. The Everton Traineeship programme is all about opportunity and, as Liverpool is the only city where the number of young people not in employment, education or training is actually falling, it shows the initiative is paying off.”

Managing Director of Liverpool’s Richmond Hotel, Steven Hesketh championed the initiative and spoke about their trainee, Todd.

Steven said:

“Football is at the heart of this city and the official charity of Everton Football Club, Everton in the Community, has a massive part to play within the local area.

“We couldn’t be happier with Todd, our first trainee. He is an invaluable part of our hospitality team, is very hard working and has fitted in well, which proves that the Everton Traineeships’ initiative is most definitely working. I’d urge more businesses to get involved and help to give young people work opportunities.”

Everton Traineeships

The flagship programme was launched earlier this year in April by Everton in the Community  in partnership with Ingeus. It aims to provide local young people with the qualifications they need to enhance their employment prospects.

The scheme instills the skills young people between the ages of 16-24 (25 for those with a Learning Difficulty Assessment) need to achieve an apprenticeship, full-time training or employment upon conclusion.

Local businesses who are supporting the initiative will have the opportunity to take on a trainee and become a part of the Everton Traineeship Consortium.

For more information go to the Everton Traineeships website, email or call 07583 048810.


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