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Baines Lends A Hand

Left-back shadows Everton in the Community apprentice.

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Leighton Baines tried his hand at a different profession recently when he visited Garston Lifestyles to experience an afternoon in the shoes of an Everton in the Community apprentice.

Baines spent his time at the community centre shadowing John, a Level Two disability coach apprentice, to witness first-hand the work that the Club’s apprenticeship scheme involves.

The left-back's afternoon included an educational session with his fellow apprentices, before assisting John in setting up and delivering a coaching session to young adults on a disability programme.

Established in 2011, Everton in the Community’s apprenticeship programme offers young people the chance to develop the skills and abilities to get on the career ladder and offers a genuine route through education and training to traineeships, qualifications and employment.

With delivery partners Skills Funding Agency and City of Liverpool College, the programme offers 27 apprenticeships covering a range of different roles over a 12–18 month period.

Baines at Everton in the Community

Since its launch three years ago, the programme has given 34 young people the chance to earn a wage while gaining valuable experience and qualifications and three participants have found permanent full-time positions.

Speaking after his time in Garston, Baines said: “It was great to see exactly how Everton in the Community’s apprenticeship scheme runs and find out more about the young people that benefit from it.

“I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time visiting Everton in the Community programmes since I joined the Club and I never fail to be amazed at the range and diversity of social issues they cover and address head on.”

“To me, Everton in the Community are at the forefront of social intervention in Merseyside and they are not afraid to tackle issues which other clubs shy away from.”

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