Apprenticeships for teens at BFC

Michael Clayton "signs up" with former Blackpool Player Kieran Donnelly (right)  at Blackpool FC.(Sport and Leisure Apprenticeship).
Michael Clayton "signs up" with former Blackpool Player Kieran Donnelly (right) at Blackpool FC.(Sport and Leisure Apprenticeship).
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THERE is a lot more than match tickets to be picked up at Bloomfield Road these days after Blackpool FC launched a revolutionary apprenticeship scheme.

Blackpool FC Community Trust – the charitable arm of the club – is opening its doors to school leavers to help them gain a variety of national qualifications.

The trust will be offering an apprenticeship in sport and leisure from February – and has drafted in former players Mark Joseph and Cieran Donnelly to lend a helping hand.

Apprentices who are accepted onto the scheme can pick up a wide range of skills as they spend at least 30 hours a week at Bloomfield Road.

From first aid and sports coaching to activity leadership and child welfare – the trust will expect every student to leave with at least eight qualifications by the end of their course.

Trust chairman Gavin Steele said: “I’m sure this programme will be a huge success and I’m delighted at the prospect of the club helping local young people with their academic studies.

“This is an excellent opportunity for youngsters to engage with the club, obtain sporting qualifications and commence on the ladder to a career in sport and leisure.”

The apprenticeship which will be delivered in partnership with the Events Stewarding Training and Consultancy Group who have contracts with football clubs across the country.

One day of the week will be classroom based and the rest will teach practical skills. It is available to teenagers from 16 to 18. An open day will be held from 10am on Wednesday at Bloomfield Road. On completion of induction and trial each student will receive £75 per week and a training kit. For further information contact Derek Spence at or contact Ian Carr at Connexions Blackpool on (01253) 754840.

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The Gazette has joined forces with Beneast Training in a bid to find 100 apprenticeships in just 100 days, following the success of the scheme last year.

Beneast chief executive Alison Hall said: “Firstly congratulations to the magnificent employers of the Fylde coast who rose to the calls last year.

“This year we want to achieve at least the same fantastic number of jobs. We must raise our sights to the needs and aspirations of young people coming out of our schools and colleges looking for a career in local companies through the apprenticeship route.”

Businesses are being sought to attend the launch of the Future Generations campaign on February 8 at the Blackpool Hilton.

Attendees can see why apprentices can be such a valuable asset to their companies – they get free training throughout their work and firms get a highly-competent and skilled addition to their workforce.

To register for the free event, visit