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'I'm happy to know PL Works is there for me'

2 Apr 2017
'PL Works lets people follow their dream'

LFC Foundation is helping young job seekers through the programme with support of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

For many young people looking for work one of the biggest obstacles is their own self-esteem.

Premier League Works is a programme designed to help people aged 18-25 not involved in education, training or employment to overcome the pitfalls associated with seeking meaningful employment, training or a route back into education.

"This project helps them work on those skills that sometimes go unnoticed," Gemma Smith, Programme Lead from LFC Foundation, said. 

"It’s one thing to tell someone to sit down and write a CV but it’s quite another to get them to work on their confidence, self-esteem, enthusiasm and motivation that would come across in an interview."

Lindsay has been a participant on PL Works and was grateful for the advice and confidence she could get from the LFC Foundation experts to take on the wider world.

"It makes me feel happy knowing that I can get help with whatever I need help with and to know that when I put my mind to things I can do it, be successful," she said.

See: How PL Works and Burnley helped Liam Feeney back to work

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been involved in helping the programme since it began in October 2016, and recently went back to visit both new and former participants taking part in a range of employability activities.

"The club are giving them the chance, through the Foundation, to improve the skills to get more confident, more sociable, and that will improve them in job interviews in the future," he said.

Mignolet's visit also helped the participants, according to Peter Jamieson, from the Department for Work and Pensions.

"It gives them self-confidence to have that conversation with Simon," he said.  

And the programme has been successful. Since October 2016 two young people from the programme now work at Liverpool FC and the LFC Foundation, while four others have secured full-time work elsewhere.

Another person is doing an external traineeship while six more have moved on to further education.

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