National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) takes place 4 to 8 March 2019: gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeshipweek-2019
This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
At Argyle Community Trust apprentices provide us with a talent pipeline for the future. 90 per cent of apprentices go into work or further training, with 88 per cent in sustained employment, and we’re confident that some of our future leaders are in this group. This home grown talent has a significant impact on retention rates, as well as ensuring we have the skills we need as a business.
Apprentices bring enthusiasm, curiosity, and an appetite to learn – as well as a fresh and different perspective to our business. This is valuable in supporting our internal teams,as well as fuelling new ideas and ways of working within the community.
The energy that apprentices have brought to the Community Trust has had a significant impact on our culture. They often bring a different approach to problem-solving, which is different to that of other staff, and can lead to new and innovative ways of working.
Meet the apprenticeship team
North Devon and Cornwall Community Coach Apprentice
Jordan has come through the ranks as a young footballer after being spotted at one of the Trust Soccer Roadshows in Bude and was invited to a Long Term Player Development centre. When at secondary school, he volunteered to assist coaching for Community Trust after school club programs and also soccer schools. When Jordan left secondary school, he progressed as a footballer which earned him the Captaincy role in the Duchy PAFC team and went on to win the men’s Devon Wednesday League as well as come runners up in both Cup competitions.
Jordan wished to continue the opportunity to coach and develop young talent and was offered the opportunity to come on board as an apprentice following his great work in North Devon and Cornwall. Jordan has a great future in helping youngsters progress and develop in football.
Other than supporting PAFC, Jordan is a die hard Crystal Palace Fan and when not playing or coaching football, Jordan is a keen photographer AKA the “Selfie King”.
Assistant for the Fresh Start Traineeship Programme
As a former trainee, George’s experience and advice to other trainees is invaluable as he provides a different point of view from the coaching team and is able to relate to the Fresh Start group due to going through the programme himself. He supports with both delivery and helping the trainees with overcoming barriers, such as confidence and capability, in order to succeed.
George is also a coach for the PL Kicks project, assisting at the Honnickowle and Efford venues as well as the Kicks Academy session at Manadon on a Monday evening. PL Kicks is a community based football project to provide free football within communities and to help get young people off the street and into secure and fun activities.
With lots of enthusiasm and a passion for helping others, George also assists at Young Carers, a weekly project where young carers have an opportunity to meet at local community centres and enjoy social and sporting activities with those in similar positions to them. The provision provides time away from being a young carer where the young people can relax in a safe and supportive environment.
On top of the practical element of his apprenticeship, George also spends time updating and inputting data into the Trust’s computer system and also supports on gathering resources for the traineeship programme, this helps develop his administrative and technical ability.
George says: “I love that every day is different and brings a new challenge to overcome. I learn something new every day and work with such a wide range of people with varying skill sets. I feel that the discipline of a full-time job alongside my studies has given me a definite advantage and prepared me extremely well for life after my apprenticeship.”
Apprentice Sports Coach
Working in a variety of environments including schools, soccer roadshows, weekend training sessions and the Panda Girls team, Jack is able to develop his skill and delivery.
Aged 18 years old he is passionate about becoming a coach and feels that through working with the Trust and Argyle he has the best possible start to achieve this.
Favourite Professional Player: Frank Lampard
Favourite Professional Team: Plymouth & Portsmouth
Coaching Joys and Aims: “My aim is to earn a contract after my apprenticeship and become the best coach I can be. My joy is being able to teach sports everyday at different schools and see improvements by the participants.”
Apprentice Community Sports Coach
At 20 years old, Lewis works full time as a coach helping people of all ages achieve their full potential in a variety of different sports. Working across different groups, Lewis is gaining hands on experience working with young participants as well as elderly, developing his skillset to become an all round coach.
Trivia: “I was once a head pastry chef at a 5* and 3 rosette restaurant”.
Born in Chiswick, London Toby couldn’t avoid being a Gunners fan, but his love for sports, especially football, cricket and golf lead him to finding a great opportunity at Argyle.
“Sport is more than just having a kick-about; attending a session may provide someone who is isolated with an opportunity to socialise, someone who isn’t confident the chance to build their self-esteem, a platform for people to have fun and forget about their every day worries. It’s great to be part of that and see how sport can truly transform people’s lives.”
Interesting fact- Best centre back in Duchy Football