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If you’re looking for enthusiastic, experienced staff, and want to help young people get onto the career ladder then a new website - www.activegraduates.com - which offers a free online job matching service, could be just the thing for you.

ActiveGraduates.com is the second phase of the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure’s Future Jobs Fund (FJF) project, which took people who had been unemployed for six months or more, and placed them in jobs so they could get hands-on experience and training. Hundreds of young people have now graduated from the FJF programme, with up to £2,000 of level 2 training and six months of relevant, practical experience. They are now looking for work via ActiveGraduates.com which lets them showcase their talents and skills online.

After logging-on employers can browse the secure site for potential employees. For example: Daniel who earned a level 2 fitness instructor qualification and a 21 week placement at the gym he now works at; or Kyle who now has training in first aid, computer skills and behaviour in sport. Before the scheme Kyle was claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance and had little or no way of realising his dream to work as a gym instructor and then become a personal trainer. By starting your recruitment search at ActiveGraduates.com you have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives young people as well as employing motivated, experienced staff.

Florence Orban, CEO of the Skills Academy which runs the ActiveGraduates.com programme, said: “The young people who took part in the Future Jobs Fund scheme come from a variety of backgrounds but they all have one thing in common – they are desperate to start working and forge a career. “Unfortunately many of them didn’t have the experience, qualifications or direction to get started which is were the FJF came in. These young people are now ready to take on the challenges of the working world and we would urge any employer looking for a new recruit to make logging on to the ActiveGraduates.com their first port of call.”

ActiveGraduates.com and the National Skills Academy are part of the Skills Active Group. Skills Active is the sector skills council for active leisure, learning and well being. Click here for more info >

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