Tottenham Hotspur Foundation helped kick start a new employment initiative aimed at creating 56 jobs for young people aged 18-24.
The ‘Future Jobs' scheme, which has secured £400,000 of funding from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), is a key strand of the Government led ‘Backing Young Britain' campaign.
Working in partnership with Croydon College, the initiative aims to encourage employers and organisations of all sizes to provide more opportunities for young people who are seeking jobs, work experience or to develop skills.
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for football clubs to work together pan-London addressing and impacting positively on employment in their local communities. We know that young people make up the largest proportion of those unemployed in the UK and football clubs are now in the position to make a real contribution to this key Government priority."
Successful applicants will work as Assistant Coaches within the Clubs' Community Trusts. Following the initial six month placement the Clubs will look to provide permanent employment in the form of full apprenticeship, for at least 50% of those involved. Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will draw on the skills and experience of Club staff that will help mentor those taking part.
Claire Parry, Managing Director of Croydon Skills and Enterprise College said: "This contract is a real coup for the College and shows how we're dedicated to working innovatively in partnership with other organisations to support the development of both individuals and businesses in an unpredictable economic climate."
The new partnership has been endorsed by the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation as the lead partner for a number of top London football clubs also involved including Arsenal, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Fulham and West Ham.