Thanks to a new partnership between the Leeds United Foundation and a Leeds recruitment specialist, local businesses attended a launch event at Elland Road to meet members of the foundation and job seekers.
Working alongside the club’s Foundation, Blue Apple Training are working to create opportunities for unemployed people across the city and helping people of all ages to make the transition from welfare to work and helping people who are returning to work or obtaining a first job.
The new project will include employability skills courses, training programmes and employer links to help unemployed people develop the essential skills and attributes required by employers.
The event saw key speakers including the Chief Executive of the club’s Foundation, Alan Scorfield, director of Blue Apple, Mike Gore and Foundation ambassador and Coronation Street star Colson Smith, deliver talks to the attendees.
As a Leeds United fan and Foundation ambassador Colson, who has starred in Coronation Street for more than seven years, was on hand to talk about his experiences within his own career and offered advice to those who have lost motivation to get back into work.
Alan Scorfield, Chief Executive of The Leeds United Foundation, has the collaboration at the centre of a long term employability plan.
Alan said: “We are delighted with how well the event went and it was great to meet both the job seekers and local businesses. The event has launched our collaboration with Blue Apple and is the start of a workforce development plan.
“We are keen to be part of the development and support of our local community.”
For more information contact Alan Scorfield at the Foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Gore at Blue Apple on email@example.com