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Ahead of Everton in the Community’s birthday fixture against Leicester City on Sunday U21 stars Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny dropped in on an Everton Traineeship employability session at Goodison Park.

The Blues duo met a cohort of young adults from the Everton in the Community programme who are currently taking part in employability training designed to develop skills such as CV building, communication, team-building and interview techniques.

After being introduced to participants by Employability tutor Liam Royle the group were split into two where they were given the opportunity to put their newly honed interview skills to the test and quiz the Academy graduates on their careers to date as well as asking them for advice on motivation and public speaking.

After being put in the hot seat, U21s captain Jonjoe Kenny said: “It’s been great for Ryan and I to come here today, spend some time with the group and find out more a bit more about the programme. They all seem like they’re really enjoying the programme and learning a lot; it’s good that we can do our part to help them and also support the fantastic work of Everton in the Community.”

Everton Traineeship Employability tutor Liam Royle added: “Everton Traineeships is an excellent opportunity for local young people who are looking to gain employability skills and qualifications, and getting to put the theory learnt in the classroom into practice like today is what the programme is all about. The trainees really benefitted from today’s visit, overcoming some of their own barriers such as confidence and public speaking, but each and every one of them engaged well in the session and it was a delight to see.”

Launched by Everton in the Community in April 2014, Everton Traineeships works to offer young people from across the region access to qualifications and employment.

Delivered in partnership with Ingeus UK, the young people joining the programme are recruited from various organisations such as The Princes Trust and Job Centre Plus and the initiative provides them with the transferable skills needs to secure an Apprenticeship, full-time employment or further education at the end of the programme.

The Traineeship programme delivered by the charity aim to improve the motivation, confidence and self-esteem of the young people on the courses and helps to create life-changing opportunities as they are supported in improving their employability prospects.

Everton Traineeships are hosting a number of Information Days at Goodison Park in March for those interested in finding out more about the programme and traineeship opportunities. For more information call 07583 048 810 or email

You can support Everton in the Community’s first ever Blue Nose Day at Goodison Park on Sunday by purchasing a limited edition #eitc27 nose from Everton One or Everton Two for a suggested donation of just £2.