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NORTHAMPTON TOWN COMMUNITY TRUST NOW DELIVERING TWO EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMMES

The Northampton Town Community Trust have taken on EFL Trust funded projects: National Citizen Service and Your Next Steps

11 June 2024

Community

NORTHAMPTON TOWN COMMUNITY TRUST NOW DELIVERING TWO EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMMES

The Northampton Town Community Trust have taken on EFL Trust funded projects: National Citizen Service and Your Next Steps

11 June 2024

The Northampton Town Community Trust Employability department has grown within recent years and welcome the two new projects to support a wide range of people within the Northamptonshire Community. The new programmes are both supported by the EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the EFL.

The National Citizen Service programme has been set up to support young people ages of 16-17, or 18-24 if they have special educational needs and disabilities, in their development of employability skills and social action initiatives. This academic year we have supported the Northampton Town Football Education Programme, where the female students delivered an amazing coffee morning to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The NCS project has also been based at Northampton College supporting students to develop their employment skills and has seen some students gain employment at Northampton Town FC and as supporting coaches at the Northampton Town Community Trust.

Elizabeth Nicholson, Industry Placement Coordinator at Northampton College, said: “It has been amazing working with the Northampton Town Community Trust. Joe Line (Employability Tutor at NTFC CT) has come in and delivered some interesting sessions and discussions into next steps of employment for after their time in Northampton College. We look forward to continuing working with the team at the Northampton Town Community Trust.”

‘Your Next Step’ is a new programme from His Majesty's Prison & Probation Service. The EFL Trust CCOs (Club Community Organisations) involved offer services to people from diverse cultural groups who are on probation. As part of the programme, the Northampton Town Community Trust will work with participants who have an affinity with football and a connection to their local club via a weekly mentoring and personal development session at the stadium. They will also have the opportunity to engage in community activities to support their physical and mental health.

Debbie Cook, Director of Community for the EFL’s charitable arm said:

“This programme aims to improve people’s engagement and experience with probation and other rehabilitative services. Our CCOs will position people at the heart of decision making and identify the support they need for achieving their goals.”

Ian Crow, Former Employability Officer at the Northampton Town Community Trust said, “It’s amazing that we have opportunities like this. I am a firm believer in second chances and to have an opportunity for people to make better decisions. Many of the participants who would be referred to this programme would not have been given the opportunity or tools to seek employment. This programme will be very influential in challenging people not to re-offend and strive for something better.”

For more information about all of the Employability department's programmes and to get involved, please see ntfccommunity.co.uk/employability-home or email Kerri.Fowkes-Morley@ntfc.co.uk


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