The innovative Leadership Through Sport & Business programme was showcased at the club’s recent Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, when six young accounting apprentices joined flag-bearers in the centre circle of the pitch before the game.
Eighteen Manchester school leavers have signed up with social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB) for their unique 16-month programme, which includes 4 months preparation for work and a 12-month apprenticeship.
City in the Community (CITC) provides leadership development and an FA Level 1 coaching qualification as well as volunteering experience.
Kaplan, LTSB’s education delivery partner, provides AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 2 training during the 4-month pre-employment phase and, together with LTSB, prepares the young people for paid AAT Level 3 apprenticeships with some of the country’s biggest financial firms including EY (Ernst & Young) and RSM, starting January 2017.
Lead employer EY is hosting the LTSB launch event for prospective employers at their Manchester office on Tuesday 20th September.
LTSB takes the headache out of sourcing young employees from diverse backgrounds by taking care of the selection process and training, thus saving companies time and money.
Caroline Adair, Executive Director of LTSB, said: "The Prime Minister’s recent comments about the need for greater diversity in business are illustrative of how important this scheme is for employers. It’s amazing to have the support of EY and RSM in Manchester but we still need more leading employers to engage with our programme."
Caroline added: "We’ve got a dream delivery team in CITC and Kaplan, and an incredible group of young people who deserve the opportunity to work in firms equal to their ambition and ability – and most of them are young women, which is great to see!"
Marc Cahill, senior operations manager City In The Community, said: "We’re delighted to be able to use the power of football to increase access to professional careers for young people from our city."
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