The community foundation division of the football club and the college will work alongside Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB), a social charity that supports youngsters from under-privileged locations by helping them find work.The students taking part in the 16-month apprenticeship will receive access to a combination of an FA coaching course, academic study and a paid work placement with employers in the city. While football coaching may appear offside, the idea is that it will allow participants to build leadership skills and the ability to mentor others, ultimately allowing them to become leaders in the business, sport and community. The academic side of things will consist of studying for an AAT accounting qualification with the college, while LTSB will select 20 apprentices to take part in the scheme.
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“Chelsea FC Foundation are delighted to continue to follow our three principles of Excellence, Innovation and Community with this superb apprenticeship,” said Louise Marriott, further education curriculum manager at the Chelsea FC Foundation.“The foundation offers first class mentoring, support, facilities and experiences which will help us to inspire the apprentices to be future leaders in business and sport. “This apprenticeship offers a rare opportunity for young people to succeed in a competitive sector with Leadership Through Sport and Business’ innovative approach to supporting each individual on their journey to successful completion and a career through a comprehensive leadership development plan. “Chelsea FC Foundation believes strongly in supporting their local community to excel in life and business and this opportunity is fundamental in enabling the Chelsea FC community to be successful within finance and banking sector.” LTSB work placements, which usually result in full-time employment will come from the likes of blue chip employers including ICAP, Baker Tilly and Eversheds – just some of the companies the charity works with. By Zen Terrelonge
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