This group is streets ahead when it comes to kick-starting employability.
Street League is the UK’s leading sports for employment charity and has been based in Dundee since November 2016.
The charity helps young people who may have certain socio-economic barriers to getting into work.
Helping young folk who are not currently in employment, education or training, the charity provides support and training for participants to learn key skills, gain the necessary qualifications and work experience to move into a sustainable job or further training.
While helping with the academic aspects of gaining employment, they also integrate fitness and healthy living workshops.
Misha Kelly, progressions coordinator at Street League Dundee, said: “We allow those not in work to come along to an informal, comfortable environment to help overcome barriers.
“While helping them to gain SQA qualifications through Steps to Work and Employability, we also run fitness sessions which engage them and also help develop transferable skills such as communication and teamwork.
“Some people come to us with no qualifications to put on their CV.
“Allowing them to gain these two SQA units is incredibly beneficial towards helping them get jobs at the end.
“The sport aspect is also mentally very helpful. They can see themselves improving and hitting new personal bests, which helps to develop their confidence.
“Being able to see how much you have helped someone when they come to find work at the end of our programmes is so rewarding. It makes everything worthwhile.”
Erin Kish, youth and community fitness coach at the charity, said: “During the fitness sessions we not only work on physical fitness but also teach healthy living choices and shopping on a budget.
“Throughout the sessions each person has to plan, deliver and analyse their own session — so it allows them to take ownership of something and proves the skills that they have learned.
“I took this job as I thought it was fantastic to be able to allow others to gain qualifications in a warm friendly environment — and they can also work on their social skills while meeting new people.
“You can see a huge difference from when we first meet someone to when they go on to employment, training or education and it is incredibly rewarding.”
Academy may be just what you’ve been looking for
If you are looking for work and not currently employed or in education, now is your chance to take part in Street League’s next employability academy.
The academy is suitable for 18 to 24-year-olds and will allow you to strengthen career skills, have fun and get fit with bootcamps, circuits, spin and box-fit. They will also provide one-to-one support and guidance on CV writing, interview skills and job searching, all while you work on your SQA qualifications.
If by the end of the six-week block you have not found employment or education, the charity will also provide a work placement of between two to four weeks.
For more information on the academy contact Misha on 07580 995463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.