Jamal's Story

Jamal, 19, from South London found it extremely difficult leaving full-time education. Throughout school, Jamal found he was really good at maths and he really enjoyed the challenge it brought about. Jamal gave both 6th form and college a try both of which sadly did not suit him as he felt a more direct route into employment would be more beneficial. He found himself at a crossroads, not knowing which way to turn to find either the right employment or education opportunity for him.

Since then he wondered if he could ever seek a career within an industry where numbers continue to be at his fingertips. Jamal, like many of his age, has a love for football and since a young age has followed his boyhood club Arsenal. Having completed short courses with both The Prince’s Trust and QPR in the Community where he successfully completed his FA Level 1 in Football Coaching, Jamal was about to be faced with an experience based opportunity that helped get him back on track.

Vi-Ability were introduced to Jamal through The Prince’s Trust, having worked with the youth charity for the past three years. The Trust invited Vi-Ability in to speak to Jamal regarding the opportunities available to him. From that moment it was clear to us, at Vi-Ability that Jamal could benefit a great deal from the work we provide, as he would have the opportunity to link his love for football with his interest in mathematics

Jamal enrolled on the Vi-Ability ‘Run The Club’ programme, this teaches key commercial skills to young people, so they can help turn struggling local sports clubs into thriving financially stable businesses; which ultimately have a positive benefit for the whole community. The programme was held in Greenwich where he learnt about the different areas and department involved which are crucial in order for a club of any size to be viable going forward. By looking at various ticketing strategies along with ways clubs at all levels engage the local community through programmes and initiatives, Jamal quickly discovered the huge and varying amount of opportunities to work within the industry.

Jamal took full advantage of Vi-Ability’s links and opportunities by taking on a voluntary coaching role at sporting Club Thamesmead FC, a grassroots youth team located in a deprived area of The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Jamal’s progress went from strength to strength throughout the ‘Run the Club’ programme. He achieved 4 qualifications including a BTEC Award in the Commercialisation of Football. While our programme is just 8 weeks long, it is jam packed with innovative approaches to employment. Vi-Ability holds a corporate partnership with Barclays bank, who came in to deliver a motivating talk to the learners on CV and Interview training. The workshops allowed Vi-Ability students to understand how the business works and highlight the varying careers available to them. Jamal decided he was ready to take the next step and was confident he could pursue a career in the finance industry.

Since graduating from the Vi-Ability programme Jamal has successfully landed a fantastic opportunity through the outcome support Vi-Ability provide through various partnerships. Jamal is now working as an apprentice at a primary school in South London. During this apprenticeship, Jamal works within the school’s administration support team and studies Finance and Administration 1 day a week at a local college.

If you are interested in any of our programme’s or simply want a chat about your needs, please contact info@vi-ability.org, or call one of our expert training team on 01492 583555