Two Everton Under-23s players swapped the football pitch for an office at USM Finch Farm yesterday, to discover what life is like on the business side of the Club, in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.
Liam Walsh and Harry Charsley joined Academy Recruitment Officer Apprentice, Nicola Woods, as she took them through her day-to-day activities which saw the duo answering phones, arranging the post and welcoming guests to USM Finch Farm.
The activity, which was arranged to highlight Everton in the Community’s (EitC) ongoing work with apprentices, then took a role-reversal as Nicola stepped out onto the pitch for an insight into life as young footballer at USM Finch Farm.
EitC re-launched its Apprenticeship Programme last year, in partnership with Riverside College, last year and is now proud to have 68 people enrolled on the programme, with 34 based across Everton Football Club, Everton in the Community and Everton Free School.
Fully subsidised apprenticeship qualifications, NVQs ranging from Level 2 to Level 5, are available to young people aged between 16 – 23, as well as existing staff aged up to 65. Qualifications range from Business Administration, Customer Service to Management & Sport and Team Leadership.
Commenting after the switch-up, Liam said: “It’s been great to see what Nicola gets up to on a day-to-day basis at The Academy – it’s really different to what we do but she obviously works really hard. I had no idea how much went into it!
“It’s good to know that EitC and the Club work closely with young people off the pitch as well – she’s getting an education whilst learning and that’s really important.”
Nicola added: “It was definitely a bit of fun having the lads helping out on reception but there’s much more to it than that. I work with the recruitment office to make sure that Everton is getting access to the best young footballers in the area!
“Everton in the Community has been amazing in kick-starting my career and, not only does everyone think my job is really interesting, but it’s given me a head start in the workplace whilst allowing me to gain qualifications – I’m really enjoying it.”
For more information about Everton in the Community’s Apprenticeship programme, click here