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13 young, unemployed, Newcastle people recently completed a two week employability course at Newcastle United Foundation's Learning Centre which was funded through Jobcentre Plus' Flexible Support Fund. The young people took part in activities designed to develop their skills, fitness and confidence. The aim being to be both physically and mentally fit for employment.

19 year old Cameron Blackett;

"I would recommend anyone who is on job seekers allowance to come along on this course and experience it for themselves. I'd like to thank the tutors for their help."

Cameron who has been seeking work for 2 years secured a work placement at a city centre restaurant, Mamma Mia's, which if successful will lead to employment. A fellow participant Christopher Andrew gained employment with Dominos pizzeria whilst others are now volunteering, looking into further studies or in the process of applying for jobs.

The young people took part in activities to develop their interview skills, awareness of nutrition, sexual health, drug and alcohol misuse, alongside mental confidence and raising fitness levels. Whilst taking part in these activities Foundation tutors mentored the young people to apply for jobs or training courses to aid their progression.

Ian Pratt, Employer Engagement Manager, Jobcentre Plus;

"We are delighted with the results of the course and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Newcastle United Foundation in working on the Youth Contract."

Sam McLoughlin, Project Coordinator;

"I would like to thank Jobcentre Plus for all their input in this course and helping make it a great success. To see young people from a variety of backgrounds come together and develop their skills and confidence was superb. The fact that friendships were formed along the way and some gained employment made for a silver lining on a successful course."