Jamie is now in his final year of a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
An apprenticeship with Wigan Athletic has led to full-time work with the Club’s Community Trust for 20 year old Sport and Cohesion coach Jamie King.
He first joined the Community Trust as an apprentice in 2013 before going on to study a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development at the University of South Wales, of which he is in his third and final year.
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th-10th March), an event that brings together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships, Jamie talks Wigan Athletic through his journey so far.
He said: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship as it helped me gain qualifications I would never have had before. It’s helped me to start a career in sport which is what I’ve always wanted to do.
“I particularly enjoyed delivering Kicks sessions because it allowed me to meet people from all kinds of different backgrounds, and really helped me to develop my people skills.
“My CV has been enhanced through doing the apprenticeship, and the skills I’ve picked up along the way are now transferable into the sessions I deliver for the Community Trust.
“My job as Sport and Cohesion coach means I work in schools five days a week and run a Kicks session in my home town of Skelmersdale, which I’m really proud about.”
Jamie is set to complete his degree this year, and is hoping to continue to gain more qualifications which will benefit him in the future.
“The skills I’ve learnt so far have been really helpful, but I’m eager to do even more courses and gain other qualifications too.
“Without the education aspect of the apprenticeship I wouldn’t have been able to go on to study for a degree with the Community Trust. I’ve developed as a person through studying hard and I hope the work I’ve put in will be beneficial when it comes to future job interviews.
“The lecturers have been excellent with me because they’ve been very understanding and fair. They’re great assets to the Community Trust and I’m sure they will help many other apprentices to excel over the coming years.”