Breaking down barriers to employment? Young people and sports leadership

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Stuart, Joanna
Institute for Volunteering Research
Date of publication
1 July 2015
Volunteering, Employment, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This research briefing explores the role leadership programmes can potentially play in boosting the employability skills of young people. It draws on findings from research undertaken by IVR to look at the impact of the Asda Active Sports Leaders project. This project started in April 2014 and looked to upskill and empower young people through Sports Leaders UK training whilst raising the amount of volunteering delivered by teenagers across the UK. The partnership programme brought together Asda, ukactive, Sports Leaders UK and the Spirit of 2012 Trust.The research briefing summarises the impact of Sports Leaders UK awards and qualifications on employability skills such as communication, leading others, self-management and working with others in a team and the extent to which leadership programmes may help prepare young people for employment. The briefing identifies a number of lessons for similar leadership programmes and projects for young people.

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