EDUCATION | Jordan Billam’s Employability Success.

Employability programmes have proved to be successful for Community Coach Jordan Billam.

Jordan Billam initially joined us in May 2021 as part of an employability programme in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Youth Futures Foundation targeting young people that were struggling to get a foothold in the workplace.

Rotherham United were one of 6 EFL Clubs chosen to pilot ‘Training Ground’, which aimed to provide 18-24-year-olds with the key skills and experience to find employment. The initiative was designed for 18-24-year-olds that were furthest from the workplace to enable them to take on new education, employment and training opportunities leading to long-term career progression.

Throughout the 16-week programme Jordan was provided with practical support, training, mentoring and wellbeing activities, which helped develop his confidence and CV. As a result of Jordan’s hard-work he was able to develop new skills and obtain qualifications that resulted him being offered a full-time role with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust through the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart scheme has provided funding for RUCST which has enabled us to provide 25 hours of work to promising individuals (including Jordan) for a total of 6 months.

Jordan has spent the last 5 months working for the Trust as a Community Coach and has settled in really well within the organisation. He has developed both his personal and professional skills and is now working across 5 different projects. Jordan started with no qualifications and now has gained his FA Level 1 in Coaching Football as well as the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Assistant Coaching (Sport and Physical Activity) qualification. This has allowed Jordan to lead on football based sessions, support in local schools and assist on our alternative provision sessions.

Education Manager James Mahoney has been delighted with Jordan’s progress, and said:

“I am delighted for Jordan that he has been able to use the Training Ground programme as a stepping stone into employment.

Jordan has worked extremely hard to develop his skills, improve his confidence and gain various qualifications. It’s evident that Jordan is very enthusiastic about sports coaching and eager to gain experience coaching different groups of participants. Jordan thoroughly deserves the success he has achieved and I am sure he will continue to be successful in the future”

As part of our Employability provision we offer a weekly drop-in sessions for 18 -24 year olds who are unemployed. There are 3 different drop in venues one may be near you.

To find out more about how you can access or support our Youth & Employment Hub please contact James Mahoney