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 full-time 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.