Karlie's Success Story

Barclays and the Premier League have launched a new community scheme to help young people find work following a successful pilot year involving five clubs, including Everton.

Barclays Premier League Works uses the power of football and the Premier League, and the expertise of its title sponsor, to engage young people who are often not involved in education, training or employment, and then uses the best of business to train them to become work ready and achieve their life goals.

The programme provides young people with financial skills, confidence and the experience they need to make a positive transition back into education, access training or gain meaningful employment.

It was piloted at five Barclays Premier League clubs last season: Everton, Arsenal, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland, with staff from Everton in the Community helping to run the programme.

The success in the first year - more than three quarters of the young people engaged across the country graduated into work or education - has meant that Barclays and the Premier League have now rolled out the scheme across 17 current Barclays Premier League clubs and the three clubs in the Championship who were in the Premier League last season.

Through the scheme, Barclays and the Premier League are aiming to engage over 500 young people across the 20 clubs, with graduates helping to pass their newly-acquired knowledge on to a further 10,000 youngsters.

The video above was released to coincide with the launch of Barclays Premier League Works and heavily features the story of Wavertree-born Karlie Lunt.

Karlie, 17, had dropped out of college but made such an impact after enrolling to the pilot scheme at Goodison Park she was offered a full-time role at Everton in the Community.

"I am surprised that I have been able to find something to do that I love," said Karlie, who is also looking to complete her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. "I enjoy helping people."

To find out more about Karlie's story and the Barclays Premier League Works scheme watch the video above.

If you are interested in following Karlie's example and enrolling to the scheme, email scott.black@evertonfc.com.

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