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Prince's Trust #GetStarted: Meet Charlie

The PFA in partnership with The Premier League and The Prince’s Trust is proud to fund the Get Started in Football programme which helps young people move forward with their life.

Meet Charlie …

After, enrolling on his dream college course and working abroad, Charlie’s career pathway started to head nowhere following a long period of unemployment. But thanks to a Get Started with Football programme with The Prince’s Trust and West Ham United, his life is back on track.

Charlie started college at 19 to study Art and Design but soon became disengaged in the subject and eventually dropped out. Unsure of what to do next Charlie decided to work abroad to help figure out his next step. Three years later, Charlie arrived back in the UK and tried to find full time work, however after 6 months of job hunting, he could only find work delivering takeaways one day a week. With no job prospects, Charlie quickly grew de-motivated.

To supplement his job search Charlie began volunteering as a football coach and was offered a paid role as a coach.  However he knew that he would need the relevant football qualification if he wanted to continue down this route.

Charlie had previously heard about The Prince’s Trust after taking part in the charity’s Enterprise programme and remembered that they also ran football programmes.  He quickly signed up for their next Get Started with Football programme with West Ham United Foundation.

Programme Executive, Francesca Grant said: “Charlie was really determined to make the most of the programme and grab every opportunity he could to improve his chances of getting a job. West Ham United Foundation are a great delivery partners for The Trust and engage well with our young people and always go the extra mile to help young people like Charlie progress.”

During the programme Charlie successfully gained his FA level 1 in football coaching and was now very motivated to find work. He signed up for every event and opportunity that he was offered.  He spoke to a Prince’s Trust Progression Mentor who encouraged him to attend The Trust’s Get Hired day.  This event brings together young people looking for work with potential employers, who have job vacancies. It was during this process that Charlie was offered a job as an Account Manager with a company called Always Thinking – a small business consultancy firm.  Charlie is now three weeks into his new job and feels much happier now; he has a full time role and feels like he has found a career rather than just a job. Charlie even finds time to work with West Ham United Foundation on their Barclays Premier League works programme, and has recently joined a local football team.

Charlie says of his experience: “Without the combined help of the Get Started with Football programme, the get hired day, my progression mentor and West Ham, I don’t think I would have ended up where I am now.  I am really excited about what the future holds.”