New partnership in Stirling engages young men in fitness and develops employability skills

6 October 2014

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A new partnership between Youth Scotland, Stirling Council Youth Services and MXP Training Centre is developing employability skills for young men while engaging them in health and fitness. The partnership has just delivered a four day pilot leadership course for young men from the local Stirling area that are not currently in education, employment or training.

Through participating in fitness during the course, the young men gained leadership skills including communication, organisation and delivery and they also improved their employability skills by working on CV writing and self-confidence. At the end of four days the young men gained a Level 4 Award in Sport Leadership, a nationally recognised qualification.

The course participants are supported by Stirling Youth Services who will assist with their progression into the work place. MXP Training is also providing training placements to the young men to give them more workplace experience in the fitness industry.

Dylan, aged 19 and one of the leadership course participants said: "I loved the week, I've learned lots about how to communicate with others and I want to look at employment in fitness. I will be doing the next course too, the instructors were brilliant and taught at our wave length.

"Rebecca Simpson, Youth Scotland's Youth Active Manager, said: "Youth Scotland works hard to help improve physical activity levels for young people and we are delighted to be involved with this partnership. By providing this pilot programme we hope to inspire young males to engage in fitness and to access employment opportunities in the fitness industry. The partnership is a great opportunity to bring together the sectors of fitness and youth work."

Chris Crowe, MXP Training Centre Director, said: "It has been great to work with Stirling youth services on this project. Being able to offer young people an insight into the fitness industry as a whole is a very exciting prospect for us. We look forward to continuing to grow the already successful relationship into future projects."

Stacy McKinlay, Youth Services Worker, Stirling Council Youth Services, said: "It has been well documented and widely recognised that young men's health can significantly suffer during periods of unemployment. This new fitness and employability partnership is, in our opinion, key to keeping young men healthy, fit and ready for the world of work. Youth Services are positive and proud to be involved in this exciting new initiative."