The three-year ‘My Future Goal’ employability programme, supported by Barclays, targeted 300 young people aged 16-25 not in education, employment or training (NEETS). The programme offered a series of 10-week units which helped develop the participants’ employability skills. My Future Goal aimed to increase employment opportunities for participants by helping them gain new qualifications, develop key employment skills such as team work, leadership and communication as well as providing relevant work-related training.
Over the three years, an impressive 75% of those who completed the programme gained employment, or returned to formal education. Furthermore, an independent evaluation conducted by the Walker Research Group during the three-year period showed significant positive changes in: emotional wellness, technical skills, self-efficacy, employability skills and employability ambition.
The event showcased Fulham FC Foundation’s impact to a broad audience including Barclays employees, referral partners and employers as well as over a dozen graduates from the programme. Fulham FC first team players, George Williams and Alex Kačaniklić also attended to give their support to the work of the Club’s charity and to meet some young people who secured work after the programme.
Barclays’ support for the ‘My Future Goal’ programme is part of its wider commitment to changing 5 Million Young Futures around the world.
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Community Investment Programmes, Barclays, said:
“For ten years Barclays has been investing in sports facilities and programmes in the UK communities. We know that sport is a powerful tool to get young people involved and help them develop the skills and confidence to gain meaningful employment or training. The achievements of the young people involved in the My Future Goal programme are truly remarkable, and it’s great to see them go on to secure jobs with Barclays and other employers in the local area.”
Steven Day, Chief Executive of Fulham FC Foundation said:“We have been delighted to have had the support from Barclays over the last three years to run such an amazing programme. Our staff have worked phenomenally hard to engage and support young people with a huge range of challenges and needs and we are simply delighted with the impact we have been able to achieve. We look forward to continuing our work with more young people in need of our support for the next three years.”
Graduates from Surrey and South, West and Central London learnt a variety of new skills and acquired credentials and experiences, ranging from a Sport Leaders qualification, accredited units in CV writing, money management, interview techniques, as well as vocational learning through work experience and volunteering in the local community.