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Premier League Into Work Scheme Kicks Off

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Top English Premier League football clubs are set to provide hundreds of unique training opportunities to boost the confidence of jobseekers and prepare them for the workplace.

Premier League into Work is based on the successful programme, Support Employment, which is being delivered by 20 Scottish Football League Clubs.

Four English Premier League football clubs - Chelsea, Everton, Portsmouth and Sunderland - will be responsible for the delivery of the Premier League into Work initiative.  They will work with the Premier League, the Department for Work and Pensions and local employers to give jobseekers the skills and abilities they need to find work, while improving their fitness levels and football skills.

The Premier League into Work courses are available from October 2009 to March 2011 - and June 2011 in Portsmouth.  There will be a minimum of 22 courses with a maximum of 352 participants.

Each course will last ten weeks for up to 16 participants for a maximum of 16 hours attendance per week, and each participant will undertake a two-week work placement.

The courses will help develop interviewing skills, job search techniques, CV preparation, health and fitness, and football training, led by award-winning coaches.

Jobcentre Plus advisers will identify suitable jobseekers, within specified boundaries of participating clubs, to join the courses.  They are open to anyone who has been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for six months or more and is not eligible for or participating in other contracted schemes.  Some people will be eligible for early referral.

The Premier League into Work clubs will work with a wide range of employers, including local councils, who have committed to providing work placements and job opportunities.  These include opportunities in hospitality, catering, transport, mechanics and local radio.

Funding for Premier League into Work is being provided by Department for Work and Pensions and The New Football Pools, for the Premier League.  The New Football Pools agreed to donate £206,400 to the Premier League for the project; the Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to provide £375,000.

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