AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s innovative traineeship programme is continuing to set local young adults on a brighter path towards employment.

Delivered by the Foundation, working in partnership with Virtual Learning UK (VLUK) and supported by Cuadrilla and Centrica, the ‘Striking Futures’ programme offers a wealth of opportunities for men and women aged between 16 and 24.

The traineeship programme focuses on providing a diverse range of inspiring and informative sessions reaching a number of different learning outcomes throughout the 12-week course. The first cohort of trainees have now officially completed their time with the Foundation and are ready to graduate from the course.

After starting with a lack of confidence, the graduating trainees are leaving with a new, more positive mindset, better equipped for the working world.

Following the achievement of encouraging results from the course, the Foundation have set up two of the graduating students with a place on the Futsal Scholarships course. This will enable them to continue their time with the Foundation, working their way towards more qualifications. Other students have also moved onto additional training with some finding employment opportunities both for and away from the Foundation.

Foundation Director Tom Hutton is proud of the trainees and the journey they have completed. He said: “I am extremely proud of the first cohort of trainees that have come through this programme. They’ve not only found new confidence but set themselves clear goals for the future. Both me and my team agree that it is incredibly rewarding to see the paths these young adults are creating for themselves and I’m excited for the next wave of students and what lies ahead for them.”

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