Mentoring and Employability Support
|Organisation||Sport 4 Life UK|
Suite 2B, Morcom House Ledsam Street
Sport 4 Life UK delivers sports-themed mentoring and employability support to young people aged 11-29. Its services provide the opportunity for these young people to prepare for, and move into, sustained employment, education or training - by improving their employability and key life skills.
For young people aged 11-18 (still in education), the Sport 4 Life service delivers structured mentoring in schools, in a youth-led, needs-led and flexible approach. Young people can then, if needed, progress onto further practical activities (including structured sport sessions, accredited qualifications and social action) as part of the service offer. This initiative supports these young people to transform their key life skills, gain accredited qualifications, remain in education, and reduce the likelihood of becoming NEET in the future.
For young people aged 18-29 (who are NEET), the Sport 4 Life service delivers structured mentoring, in a needs-led and flexible approach. They can also progress onto further practical activities (including structured sport sessions, accredited qualifications, social action, formal mock interviews, employability workshops and corporate engagement) as part of the service offer. This initiative supports these young people to transform their key life skills, gain accredited qualifications, and progress into sustained employment, education or training.
Also of note:
-All service are free to young people
-Some of the qualifications are 'Sports Leaders UK' accredited courses (Playmakers, QCF Level 1 or QCF Level 2) where Sport 4 Life are an accredited assessment centre
-The 'life skills' developed are: motivation, self-esteem, communication, behaviour and team-work, and are assessed against the industry-standard 'Outcome STAR' framework
-All activity, mentoring and support is delivered against Sport 4 Life's internal service curriculum
-Sport 4 Life's HQ is based in Birmingham, but offers services throughout the West Midlands, including Sandwell
|Staff Qualifications||'Mentors' (who delivery the one-to-one mentoring) are qualified to Level 2 'Coaching & Mentoring' or 'IAG - Information, Advice & Guidance', and also meet Sport 4 Life UK's internal 'minimum standards' which includes child protection and safeguarding, first aid, prevent, enhance DBS check, mental wellbeing for young people, and a range of further relevant qualifications. 'Trainers' (who delivery the group activities - qualifications, social action, sport, corporate engagement, workshops) also meet Sport 4 Life UK's internal 'minimum standards', as well as specific training in their relevant area (e.g. NGB Level 1 for sports coaches).|