Bath Rugby Foundation teamed up with Bath College to launch a new Summer course which uses the power of sport to improve job prospects for young people.

In partnership with Bath College and the Department of Work and Pensions – Bath Rugby’s charity, delivered the ADVANTAGE course for four weeks in August 2019 and plans are in place for the course to return in 2020.

The intense summer course ran at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Learning Hub at The Rec on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2.30pm. 

The course targets 18 to 24 locally who are NEET – Not in Education, Employment or Training -  or are in danger of becoming NEET. Students are referred by both Bath Jobcentre plus and Bath College’s Community Adult Learning Department.

The ADVANTAGE course combines sports and classroom activities to boost participants skills and confidence.

Over the four weeks ADVANTAGE students attend sessions in GLL Better’s sports centre in North Parade, using the gym, bowling alleys, trampoline park and sports hall where our coaches will help participants overcome barriers to improve individuals health and wellbeing. Students take part in professional sports coaching sessions, explore the city and surrounding area on bicycles and form sports teams in order to promote social opportunities.

While sporting activity plays a huge role, the focus of the ADVANTAGE course is on improving the individuals' self-confidence and communication skills, while building a CV. Learners plan and deliver a voluntary fundraising event for Bath Rugby Foundation, learn about mental health issues, complete first aid training, receive leadership training and mentoring and receive support from partner organisations such as Future Bright and Curo working well.

The group also visit Bath College’s Somer Valley and City centre campuses to learn more about available courses, meet staff and explore their options at a quieter time of the year – overcoming barriers for those who may feel anxious and uncertain. 

They also  explore Farleigh House and the Recreation Ground, taking work tips from Bath Rugby's different professional departments.

 

The ADVANTAGE course concludes with a speed interview event at Bath College - with students talking directly with influential employers from across the city, who will offer valuable feedback and advise on potential job opportunities.

Email Joe Aygul to learn more about Advantage