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An Everton Football Club Academy Recruitment officer has paid tribute to the attitude of a trainee currently on placement at Finch Farm as well as the Everton in the Community programme he came from.

Ray Redmond may have only be in his first week of mentoring Kieran Fieldstead but has seen enough to believe the 18-year-old, who recently completed the six-week course on offer with Everton Traineeships, has what it takes to have a bright future with the Club.

No stranger to the employees of Everton’s state-of-the-art training facility, lifelong Blue Kieran began volunteering at Finch Farm by providing assistance at a number of the establishments Fun Nights for youngsters. Taking on the placement with Traineeships, Ray explains the opportunity he felt it presented the teenager:

“Even before he (Kieran) accessed the Traineeship programme he volunteered a lot of hours here with regards to his own personal development, because he was driven to succeed and learn.  Following that, and with him accessing the programme, we viewed this as a great opportunity to get him in. He still volunteers the hours around his duties, his attitude definitely fits our criteria. 

“He is doing really well so far and we are all thrilled with the progress he has made,” he continued. “He may only be in his first week of placement, but it is clear to see, even at this early stage, that he shows good initiative and a real sense of independence.”

Speaking of his his placement, as well as how Everton Traineeships has helped his development, Kieran continued:

“I am here a few days a week and I’m involved in a bit of office work. I am learning a lot, which is very important. There is a lot of work involving computers, which I wouldn’t have done without Everton Traineeships, or would have been able to handle.

“The programme has helped me a lot, before I accessed the course I was part of sessions and groups I didn’t really understand. What I have learned there I have been able to carry forward here. We worked as part of a group which I think built my confidence a lot and allowed me the chance to speak and express myself more.”

Kieran’s hard work and endeavour, coupled with the programme’s guidance sees him take responsibility for a number of admin-related tasks. Working Monday to Thursday, it is hoped the lifelong Blue will progress onto further tasks, including helping to organise tournaments and fixtures.

Everton Traineeships is an Everton in the Community and Ingeus run project, which targets young people between the ages of 16-24 from across the Merseyside area, with a focus on providing them with the transferable skills needed to secure an apprenticeship, training or employment upon conclusion. The learner will progress though five stages of learning, which equip the trainee with vital skills and knowledge to succeed following the course.

To find whether the programme is right for you, call 07583048810 or email

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