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Education

With unemployment being a major issue to local authorities, we feel it is our job to upskill, educate and encourage our community to take their first steps onto the career ladder. We provide qualifications, volunteer opportunities and paid employment to both young people and adults to maximise their chance of future success.

We are confident that with our connections, experience and high quality educational projects, we have a route for everyone across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The National Citizen Service (NCS)

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a programme open to 16 – 17 year old’s across the country to take on new challenges, make new friends, gain new skills and develop social skills through outdoor activities and workshops such as first aid, inspirational speaking and public speaking. The programme sees young people also give back their time, with 30 hours of social action supporting their local community though raising money to giving up time to a local cause.

At Sky Blues in the Community, we work in partnership with four schools (Grace Academy, Coundon Court, Caludon Castle, and Coundon Court) within Coventry to offer a summer programme of NCS to students aged 16 and 17 who attend one of these schools. In the last year, we saw 60 young people attend during the month of August over two programmes and 52 young people graduating the NCS programme.

During the summer programme, young people attended Go Ape and Coventry Indoor Climbing Centre while having workshops from Edufit Training and Loud Speaker UK with them delivering two fantastic social action projects supporting the homeless with care packages with funds raised by fundraising activities and also care packages for the RSPCA, where they delivered toys and treats to the animals at the local Coventry centre.

This Autumn, we delivered in partnership with Coventry College two NCS programmes with the Level 2 Sport and Public Services students. Over the month of November, students got to visit Go Ape, Leicestershire Outdoor Sports and Warwick Boat Club to participate in a range of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, high ropes and axe throwing to name a few.

The students also had workshops delivered by Edufit Training and Loud Speaker UK on emergency first aid, team building skills and public speaking skills. For the groups social action projects, both programmes delivered from start to finish fundraising activities at Coventry College, City Campus and Alan Higgs Centre, raising over £200 for a vaccine charity, cancer research and RSPCA.

The NCS programme will continue next year to deliver in the summer and autumn in 2022.

If you would like more information about NCS, please contact sam.flatley@sbitc.org.uk

NCS Co-Ordinator role

To see details about this opportunity, please see below:

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

NCS Team Leader and Assistant

To see details about these opportunities, please see below:

Team Leader - Job Description and Person Specification

Assistant Team Leader - Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

 

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Accelerate

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, managed by Coventry and Warwickshire CDA, Accelerate is a building better opportunities project that can build confidence, give training, improve skills and provide valuable work experience – all geared towards helping people to find a job that suits them and their personal circumstances.

Sky Blues in the Community (SBITC) is one of 23 local organisations providing co-ordinated employment support to people living within Coventry and Warwickshire in finding the right employment opportunity for them. Throughout the funding period, SBITC are providing free programmes for those people who are currently unemployed or economically inactive, supporting them through a Sports Leaders UK Level 1 in Sports Leadership Award as well as overcoming complex barriers they face to employment and developing their confidence, all within a sociable and positive environment.

Dates: Monday 17th January – Thursday 20th January 2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre

If you would like to know more about the Accelerate programme, or register your interest for an upcoming course, please contact Alex.jane@sbitc.org.uk

 

Football Education Programme

The Sky Blues Football Education Programme is a partnership between Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry College. This partnership is in place to support young people to have a pathway into a future in playing or non-playing roles in Football in the future. Young people enrolled have the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Steps or Level 3 Diploma in Sport with Coventry College, while representing Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Football Clun in the Community and Education Alliance Central 2 League.

In the 2021/2022 academic year, the programme has over 20 young people enrolled on a course and playing competitive Football on a weekly basis against other professional Football Community organizations. In addition, the young people train twice a week at the Alan Higgs Centre, home of Coventry City Academy, coached by UEFA A and B Sky Blues in the Community coaches. 

Details of our next Open Evening are below:

Date: Wednesday 8th December

Time: 5 – 6pm

Venue: Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry

For more information  on the Football Education programme, how to enroll for the 2022/23 academic year please click here.

If you would like to know more about the programme or have any questions as well as confirming your or someone else’s attendance to the next open evening or trail day, please contact sam.flatley@sbitc.org.uk

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Foundation Degree

Sky Blues in the Community in partnership with the EFL Trust and University of South Wales offer a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development. The degree is delivered by the University of South Wales with a high level of academic tutoring, with Sky Blues in the Community offering real world experience of coaching across the charity’s five themes.

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The Foundation degree course sees students having a great standard of tutoring, predominantly online with two residential visit’s a year to the University of South Wales and individual mentoring support from one of the team at Sky Blues in the Community.

If you would like more information about the Sky Blues in the Community’s Foundation Degree options in partnership with the University of South Wales and are either interested or no someone who might want to join for the 2022/23 academic year, please contact NCS/Education Manager, Sam Flatley at sam.flatley@sbitc.org.uk.

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