New jobs for sports enthusiasts

Sport Hampshire & IOW has won a government sponsored grant to create 36 new coaching jobs for people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The Future Jobs Fund provides 6-month jobs for people aged 18-24 years of age in a range of jobs that provide community benefit and pays the national minimum wage.   Sport Hampshire & IOW heads a consortium of approximately 14 local partners including local schools, sports organisations and private coaching providers.

Successful candidates will receive training in a sports qualification, key skills and on the job training. 

Who is  eligible?

No previous coaching experience is required, but we are looking for candidates with a passion for sport.  Candidates should be aged 18-24, though, there are special cases in which jobs will be opened up to those over 24.  The jobs are accessed through the local Jobcentre Plus offices across the county and candidates must be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance to be considered for a post.

What do you expect to achieve?

Sport Hampshire & IOW has already identified that there is a shortage of coaches working within the county and the Isle of Wight. This project allows us to increase our coaching workforce, whilst providing new jobs and an entry point into the coaching industry, which is notoriously difficult to break into.

Hampshire County Council, the parent body for Sport Hampshire & IOW, have been running a similar project using the FJF scheme for approximately 900 new jobs within the county, across a wide variety of industries. There are already numerous success stories resulting from this project.

What is the Future Jobs Fund?

The FJF is a government scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions aimed at creating 150, 000 jobs for young people. The aim of the project is to create real jobs that provide community benefit, provide formal and inform training and help those currently unemployed into long term employment.

Sport Hampshire & IOW have been awarded approx. £222, 000 to create and support 37 posts (1 project administrator and 36 trainee coaches). The fund provides 6-month jobs for which candidates receive the national minimum wage.

The project is made up of a consortium of 14 local organisations including School Sport Partnerships, National Governing Bodies, Private Coaching Providers and local sports organisations.

What do you expect to achieve?

Sport Hampshire & IOW has already identified that there is a shortage of coaches working within the county and the Isle of Wight. This project allows us to increase our coaching workforce, whilst providing new jobs and an entry point into the coaching industry, which is notoriously difficult to break into.

Hampshire County Council, the parent body for Sport Hampshire & IOW, have been running a similar project using the FJF scheme for approximately 900 new jobs within the county, across a wide variety of industries. There are already numerous success stories resulting from this project.

CJ Lee, the lead for the project explained “This is a great opportunity for sport to create more skilled and qualified people to support local children and athletes.  In the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games we need to find creative ways to support the swell of activity that will be a natural product of this once in a lifetime event.  These young coaches will play an important part in meeting the needs of a wide range of local residents involved in sport and physical activity in additional to development their own skills and giving them to the confidence to find long term employment.”

For candidates: please visit your local Jobcentre Plus for more information.

For managers: to get involved in the project, please contact CJ Lee, Coaching Development Manager on 01962 84 7523

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Posted on 17/09/2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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