Conner has always had a talent for football, but was forced to reconsider his options after an injury put an end to his dreams of becoming a professional footballer. After coming across Skills Group at a careers event, Conner started an apprenticeship in construction before realising that he still wanted to be involved with sport.
Skills Group enrolled Conner on the learn2work programme, with the aim of developing his skills and knowledge. Conner was then offered a Sports & Leisure apprenticeship, working with Skills Group. He now aspires to join the police force.
Skills Group has helped me achieve my ambition to work in Sport. I would recommend apprenticeships, they give you a real chance to reach your goals and gain work experience and knowledge while learning at the same time.
Before starting my apprenticeship I had applied for a job with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, but I didn’t have enough experience, so I went to Canada to stay with a friend who coaches football. When I returned to Plymouth I contacted Skills Group who helped me to get an apprenticeship with Plymouth Argyle.
My apprenticeship really helped me with my confidence. I didn’t think I was any good as a coach, but I’ve been working as a community coach with kids in deprived areas, helping to re-engage them through football. This has been really rewarding, but also – with the support of Argyle and the Skills Group staff, I now know I can coach. I also go in to primary schools now, I’m the only female coach at Argyle and I’m on the Plymouth Argyle Ladies’ team.