National Apprenticeship Week 2017 aims to bring together employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of apprenticeships
Working as an apprentice for Wigan Athletic Community Trust has been "a dream come true" for avid Latics fan Nathan Kennedy, who at the end of this month will have completed his apprenticeship with the club’s registered charity.
Nathan, 20, has studied the Community Trust’s Level 3 P.E and School Sport coaching apprenticeship for the past 18 months, and has been involved in various community projects.
Wigan Athletic spoke to Nathan as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th-10th March), an event that brings together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships, to gain an insight into his role with the Trust.
He said: "The experiences I’ve had over the past 18 months will stay with me forever. Being a Wigan Athletic fan and working for the club has just been a dream come true for me. I’ve been given so many exciting opportunities and I’ve just had a really great time.
"One of the best things for me has been seeing the kids’ reactions when we go into schools because they’re really happy to see us. It’s like we’re almost famous to them in our Wigan Athletic kit, and it’s just a really, really good feeling to see them so excited and enthusiastic."
Studying an apprenticeship with the Community Trust has a number of educational advantages, including a Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness, FA Level 1 & 2 Coaching Badges as well as First Aid and Safeguarding certificates, all of which Nathan believes will benefit him greatly.
Nathan adds: "The education side of the apprenticeship has been brilliant. The lecturers are so organised with everything and they’ve helped us gain so many qualifications which will definitely stand us in good stead for future employment.
"Working as part of a team has really boosted my confidence because it’s allowed me to develop as a coach and a person, while my time-management and people skills have definitely improved too.
"I owe a lot to the staff who work for the Community Trust because they’ve helped me so much and have given me a platform to really go on and hopefully have a good career in this industry. I’ll never forget my time working here and would definitely recommend it."
To apply or for more information about apprenticeships with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, please call Education Officer Adam Sherratt on 01942 318090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org