"Street League are amazing because they use the power of football to help young people from the most disadvantaged communities get into work, education and training."
Robin van Persie, Street League Ambassador
Street League has been helping Clyde Gateway celebrate its success in providing the residents of Rutherglen with an ever-increasing number of job and training opportunities. Since 2009, more than 800 local people have been supported into jobs following their participation in an employability project supported by the company.
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has given his backing to a national charity which uses football to help unemployed young people get into work and training. The Baggies boss visited Street League this week to officially launch the charity’s award-winning Academy programme in Birmingham, which is supported by Barclays and Comic Relief.
The Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), John Cridland, has called long-term youth unemployment “a national disgrace”. There are 188,000 18 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for more than 12 months. While that figure has decreased 10% in four years it is still trailing behind the fall in long-term unemployment across all other ages, which is down nearly 25% over the same period.
Six months ago Dylan began a work placement with Jewson in Paisley. At the time he was thrilled to be gaining work experience, and he subsequently gained an apprenticeship with the company. Now only a month away from completing his training, we asked the Street League graduate about life as a Jewson employee, and how Street League's Academy programme helped him move forward with his life.