Celtic FC – Employability Programmes
At Celtic FC Foundation, tackling poverty remains a fundamental priority for us – and this principle extends to addressing the root causes of inequality and disadvantage.
Celtic FC Foundation’s increasingly thriving Employability strand equips individuals with the tools, confidence and skills to enhance their prospects of attaining work.
In recent years, their Employability strand has made enormous strides; continuing to help those from the most challenging backgrounds while expanding outreach and targeting a variety of at-risk groups.
Celtic FC Foundation’s flagship Employability programmes
Among our flagship Employability projects, CashBack Gateway to Employment strongly embodies the Foundation’s ardent commitment to creating opportunities.
Delivered by Celtic FC Foundation and funded by Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, Gateway to Employment is a bespoke 10-week employability and personal development project aimed at young adults aged between 16 and 25 who have offended, are at risk of (re)offending, or live in an area with a high risk of crime.
Since 2014, CashBack Gateway to Employment has made a difference to around 118 individuals, with around 52 moving into employment, 22 finding training opportunities and nine progressing into education.
Moreover, our Employability project partnership with Club sponsor Magners has produced tremendous results. Delivered by Celtic FC Foundation, the Magners Employability Project offers participants sector-based training in the hospitality and service industry, instilling valuable hands-on skills and experience for long-term unemployed adults.
Celtic FC Foundation’s Employability partnership work additionally includes broadcaster BT Sport (through their charitable initiative ‘The Supporters Club’). Engaging 16-25 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, ‘The Supporters Club’ project aims to address multiple and systemic barriers to employment.
Complementing Employability focus, this project also features detailed guidance on exercise, diet and nutrition, encouraging participants to adopt healthier lifestyles.
As well as tangibly improving outcomes for those struggling to find employment, our Employability remit also engages school pupils, providing an insight into the world of work alongside the learning curriculum. This ranges from personal development to specialist multimedia training, all with a concerted focus on enhancing future employment prospects.