Education, Employment and Enterprise


It is proven that one of the key factors in breaking the chain of poverty, and associated social issues, is to create employment and provide income for people in the most deprived communities. Crystal Palace – Foundation and Club – are both a major employer within the local area, but we recognise there are still local residents for whom job prospects would be a major stepping-stone in improving their lives.

Through our consultations with local businesses we are also aware there is a ‘disconnect’ between what employers look for in successful candidates for work, and the skills and ambitions of many applicants. A key part of the Palace for Life Foundation strategy is to bridge that gap.

The Foundation has established a great basis for developing working relationships with young people furthest away from the labour market, to help secure employment by enabling them build skills, confidence and undertake work experience placements. We also play an active part in providing progression routes into the community sports sector, and many of our young people have gained qualifications and undertaken jobs with the Foundation or other organisations within the sporting arena.

The assortment of courses we run all share the same aim to boost confidence, motivation and self-esteem, overcome barriers to employment, as well as improve communication/interpersonal skills and teamwork. The overall intention is to broaden horizons for our young people and one of our most successful programmes – Aspire to Engage – has had overwhelming affects on its participants.

The project supports young susceptible people through controlled activities around football, media and popular culture. Aimed at vulnerable young people in the Croydon area, project Aspire enables participants to develop soft employability skills, bringing them one step closer to employment, education or training.

Our current venture is the Barclays Premier League Works programme that the Foundation run in partnership with the Premier League. We are delivering an innovative 16 week Employability Programme with 1 years mentoring support to gain employment. So if you’re 16 – 24yrs old, interested in developing leadership skills and want to get ahead in life, then please get in touch. Our new employability programme will give you a number of new skills and accreditations. Some of these include: numeracy and literacy functional skills; Barclays Money Skills, personal, social and educational support and mentoring.

Please contact:

Susan Patterson-Smith
t: 020 8768 6047