Monday 25th June 2012
The Barclays team met the young apprentices, aged between 16 and 19, at the Trust’s Barclays Spaces for Sports Flagship site at Sparrows Lane.
The Trust’s apprenticeship programme covers a wide range of activities to equip the students with qualifications and key skills including FA Level 1 in Football Coaching Course, NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership, NVQ Level 2 in Key Skills, Level 2 Employment Awareness and a general Sports Study Level 2 Programme.
Barclays Spaces for Sports invested £600,000 into developing the artificial pitch along with installing floodlights at Sparrows Lane and has maintained a close relationship with the Trust ever since.
Using sport as the platform, Barclays Spaces for Sports engages communities to deliver an important range of life skills. The interactive Barclays Money Skills sessions allow young people to build the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money more effectively.
Jack Willows, aged 19, an apprentice who attended the session, said, ‘The workshops were really interesting and we learnt a lot about loans, credit cards and how to budget. I am definitely going to plan and budget weekly and try not to overspend.’ Kathy Smart, Head of Business Support and Communications at the Trust, added, ‘We would like to thank the team from Barclays for giving up their time, valuable advice and help educating our apprentices in financial literacy. Helping to equip the young people with life-skills is an important part of this programme.’