Employment is the goal at AFC Fylde

Stan Wharton, Community Education Officer, AFC Fylde Community Foundation
Stan Wharton, Community Education Officer, AFC Fylde Community Foundation

AFC Fylde Community Foundation said its Back on Track initiative to get long term unemployed people on the road to work has got off to a flying start.

Launched at the start of the year it aims to help long-term economically inactive adults across the Fylde Coast find sustainable employment.

As part of the funding, provided to the Foundation by Cuadrilla and Spirit Energy, Back on Track supports adults for up to six months, helping them attain a Level 2 vocational qualification.

In its first four months, the scheme has helped 18 adults find sustainable employment in a variety of roles, including customer service, telesales, taxi driving, accountancy and self-employment.

Tom Hutton, director at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “This initiative is changing lives across our local community. But it is only made possible through the vital funding provided by both Cuadrilla and Spirit Energy. As a result, Back on Track is making a huge difference to local people.

The scheme has helped many people find sustainable employment and transformed the future for those individuals and their families.

“Working step by step with adults in the community, Back on Track helps educate disadvantaged people in both a vocation as well as gaining employability skills through placements.

“Whilst the initiative is still only in its infancy, I’m sure it will continue to have a positive community impact and help numerous individuals over time.”

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “At Cuadrilla, we are committed to being a good corporate citizen and we want to support the local communities where we are based and work.

“The Back on Track scheme is a great example of how companies can work in partnership with the Foundation, to everyone’s benefit. We look forward to seeing how this programme continues to grow and help many people living on the Fylde Coast into employment.”

Places are still available for Back on Track, anybody interested should visit http://www.afcfyldefoundation.co.uk/