"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
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.
For the fourth year running, CVC Capital Partners joined forces with Street League to host the charity’s annual 5-a-side football fundraising tournament, the ‘Challenge Victory Cup’. Special guest appearences from ex-Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon and Street League ambassador Max Rushden, made for a memorable evening which raised over £100,000 for Street League.
Hassan, 20, completed Street League’s East London Academy with an NOCN qualification in Skills for Employment, a career plan, and the prospect of a four-week work placement with leading soft drinks manufacturer, Britvic. Now into the third week of his work placement at Britvic’s factory in Beckton, East London, Hassan tells us what it's been like to work on site, and how he hopes his experience will encourage others to take up similar opportunities.