The six-month long learning curve of North Lanarkshire Leisure’s (NLL) second tranche of trainees came to an end last week.
Inducted through the North Lanarkshire’s Working (NLW) partnership’s Youth Investment Programme (YIP), they were employed on six-month placements which saw them working in leisure facilities across the local authority area.
They also gained experience during live events featuring a variety of different sports codes, including the recent Commonwealth Games.
Out of the 10 trainees who made up the first tranche, which started in May 2013 and finished in November 2013, one is now a full-time member of staff and two are working with NLL on a casual basis.
NLL chairman Councillor Jim Logue said: “We’re proud of the fact that nine out of the ten trainees who started in February 2014 are still part of the process.
“They have successfully completed the broad range of training and work experience that makes them all strong contenders for suitable positions that may in future arise within NLL.”
A full programme of training for all employees was designed by NLL and Routes to Work and included safeguarding and protecting children, emergency first aid, Tops Play/Sport, equipment and materials training, Level 1 Health & Safety, employability and job search support and working towards sport- specific qualifications.
NLL chief executive Blane Dodds said: “I am extremely positive about a number of the second tranche gaining employment in various casual roles.
“Both groups of trainees have been successes from our perspective and we are currently considering exercising our option to take on a third tranche of up to 10 trainees through the YIP.”
Among this group of trainees were Jason Taylor and Daniel McCloughey from Bellshill, Danielle Robertson from Mossend, Declan McFarlane from Cleland and Declan Cairney from Carfin.
Jason started working as a shadow leisure attendant at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge, before moving on to work with the kids club at the Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown.
He said; “I love working with the kids and now that my contract with NLL has come to an end I am going to go to college to study Child Care in order to work with children in the future.”