Young people across the Fylde Coast are being offered the opportunity to broaden their future job prospects thanks to AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

Working in partnership with Virtual Learning UK (VLUK), the Community Foundation is seeking 16-24-year-olds who want to join a ground-breaking Traineeship programme.

The course, which is aimed at both young men and women, takes place over 12-weeks and focuses on improving the employability skills of the young students.

The Foundation delivered the innovative Traineeships programme last year to huge acclaim and are now keen to build on that success with a new intake of young, ambitious cohorts.

The students enjoy a diverse range of sessions during their three months with the Foundation, which build towards them achieving qualifications. The focus is improving employability skills with work experience; support with English and maths; the principles of coaching sport (Level 2); as well as a recognised NGB qualification in coaching football.

Applicants can now apply to join the new course.  All students will receive a small bursary to assist with transport costs. Once students have completed the course, they will receive a Level 2 award in the principles of coaching sport.

Extended Services lead Chris McNally is excited to welcome new young adults onto the course. He said: “The Traineeships programme provides a fantastic opportunity for students across the Fylde Coast.  As well as being interesting and educational, the students finish their time with us better equipped having achieved recognised qualifications to enable them to go on to better things.

 “We ask any 16-24-year-olds looking for a new direction to get in touch and join us for an experience that will help to prepare them for a brighter future.”

For more information on the Traineeships programme please contact Chris McNally on 07702496349 or email at