Kirklees College students given lessons in EmployAbility

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Students given insight into working world on Huddersfield Town Foundation’s EmployAbility course

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Students from Kirklees College’s Foundation Course have been seeing what life is like on the other side of the turnstile, learning those all-important employment skills at Huddersfield Town Foundation’s EmployAbility course.

The course provides free training and development for people with any disability, predominantly aged 16-25, and is run in partnership with Disability Sport Yorkshire, Can Do from Leonard Cheshire and Shelley Community F.C.

Nine students completed the course which included practical sessions ranging from money handling and working the turnstile to team working, ground maintenance and preparation and catering. Students who completed the course were then offered the option of attending accredited courses.

EmployAbility aims to increase participants’ leadership, independence and employability. It encourages personal and social development by working on different skills such as communication and team working, to improve self-confidence and self-awareness.

For one particular student, this course was the making of her and for someone with severe anxiety and autism, was a challenge in itself. As a huge Huddersfield Town fan, this course was where dreams were made and has not only built her confidence, but also her desire to succeed.

“The programme has made me more confident. I’ve learnt about hygiene, first aid, selling programmes, operating the turnstiles and helping in the community. Doing something I love has made all the difference. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and it has made a big change to me. I’m now attending the football coaching course and am really excited about what I can achieve and what the future holds,” said Sophie Evans, Kirklees College EmployAbility student.

Kirklees College Foundation Learning courses are designed to improve essential basic skills as well as work and life skills, to give you the best opportunities in life. Our highly experienced and fully trained staff give lots of support and advice before joining college, and that support continues during your programme.

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