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Palace for Life host Traineeship Open Day

Palace for Life held an education, training and employment open day on Monday 3rd February to give an introduction to the opportunities that the Foundation can offer.

Palace for Life Foundation are held an open day for 16-19 year olds who are not in education, training or full-time employment. Taking place at Selhurst Park on Monday 3rd February, from 1.30pm to 3pm, the open day highlighted opportunities to join our Traineeship programme.

We want to help to tackle the high levels of youth unemployment in the borough of Croydon by engaging young people in innovative ways and using youth work organisations to help create a better path into employment and further training. We work closely with young people for whom previous employment programmes have failed, or for whom access to statutory services is challenging.


The open day focused on the Traineeship that we offer which is designed to help young people to further their careers, which could be through work, apprenticeships or further training and education. The programme also aims to build confidence, resilience, networks and skills to enable young people to enter and sustain work. The Traineeship features a number of events, guest speakers, site visits and team building trips, all designed to provide the trainees with a breadth of experience and perspectives which they can take into the next stage of their careers.

Within the Traineeship, the topics covered will include; employability skills, team work, presentation skills, leadership, personal and social development and health and wellbeing.

Further to our Traineeship, we were able to explore our other educational, training and work-related training programmes that may be more suited to individual needs. We have opportunities for work experience and casual roles at Crystal Palace Football Club, for example matchday hospitality, retail at the club shop and stewarding on a matchday. We also have an extensive network of contacts and PlayMaker volunteers who can offer trainees opportunities to explore work experience with other local organisations, giving the opportunity for not only classroom learning but also practical experience.

Previous trainees have gone on to work in football coaching, community work and as mentors to other young people.

To find out more, email Nathaniel Beckett.

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