Hibs’ Apprentice scheme sees youths fight for job

Edinburgh College's Ray McCowan; Russell Smith, Hibs' head of commercial; Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, Kris Von Wald and Raymond Currie of TCMO/Express. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Edinburgh College's Ray McCowan; Russell Smith, Hibs' head of commercial; Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, Kris Von Wald and Raymond Currie of TCMO/Express. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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OUT-of-work youngsters are being offered the chance to tackle Apprentice-style job challenges at Easter Road stadium to win a paid 
placement.

Hibernian Community Foundation and Edinburgh College have teamed up with local businesses to run education programmes aimed at providing young people with the skills, experience and confidence to get on the jobs ladder, or prepare for college over the next three years.

There are three courses on offer featuring 20 places and each applicant will have to undergo an interview before being accepted.

The first course is entitled The Recruit – a 12-week programme based on the television series The Apprentice which includes individual and team challenges in the area of sport, events management and hospitality and the opportunity to win a paid work placement.

There will also be a chance for youngsters to take part in a seven-week course offering a Level 1 football coaching badge and Employability Skills qualification alongside, run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. And the Hibernian Events Management and Hospitality Academy will run an 18-week programme with a focus on gaining those taking part vital qualifications and an extended work placement.

Each of the courses will be hosted at Easter Road’s Hibernian Learning Centre.

Ray McCowan, vice principal at Edinburgh College, said the involvement of the football club could help them reach out to youngsters who may otherwise not get the assistance they need.

“Helping young people get a good start in life once they have left school is so important,” he said. “Education and employment play a huge part in that. Football is also hugely influential in young people’s lives and we are hoping that pairing up education with the Hibernian brand will be the catalyst for many young people who may never have previously thought about going to college.

“We are also really grateful to the local employers and Hibernian supporters who are key partners for this project by making work placement and internship opportunities available. Hibernian FC is very much a family club, and we are pleased to be working together.”

Kris Von Wald, executive director of Hibernian Community Foundation, said: “Our partnership with Edinburgh College and these new courses demonstrate our commitment to the community for the long haul.

“The Hibernian brand and Easter Road have a strong appeal in the community, and daily activity in and around football is a natural fit with hospitality and events management.”
A number of local businesses and sponsors have already signed up to offer placements, work experience, shadowing opportunities and interview experience. The registration date for each course is September 17 and applicants can find out more at www.hibernian inthecommunity.org.uk.