Sport Works all set to kick-off adult employability programmes across Calderdale

If you live in Calderdale and are looking for a helping hand to find a new job then sign-up to one of our employability programmes that start in Halifax and Todmorden this October.  Supported by our  friendly tutors, our eight week course, which runs two days a week, will help you to find a job whilst boosting confidence.   There’re loads of great incentives on offer too – including free gym membership and a free first aid qualification.  For further information – click here.


Inclusive multi-sports sessions up and running

For further information on our autumn programme of inclusive multi-sports sessions across Yorkshire – please click on the following link .  We focus on fun, fitness and friendships in a supportive environment with a staff/participant ratio of 1:4.


Tim kick starts career with employability course in calderdale

It’s fair to say that Tim Neale, aged 20, from Calderdale was feeling a little down in the dumps and despondent with life when he went to the job centre in Halifax earlier this year to look for new opportunities.

However, after meeting Simon Leonard from local training and health company, Sport Works, and signing up to an eight week training course to help him find work and improve his well-being, he’s now looking forward to a positive future having secured a job with the firm.

Commenting on the course, Tim said: “I couldn’t get enough of it – I loved every minute! The tutors were really inspiring and helped me to get my mojo back on track. Having not being selected for the Army a couple of years ago – I found it quite difficult to motivate myself.

“When I met Simon at the job centre and he told me about the course they were running I thought I’d give it a go as it would help me develop skills that I needed to find a job whilst supporting my physical and mental health. I haven’t looked back. I feel so much better about myself and it’s given me so much confidence. To top it all off Sport Works have given me a job to support its health programmes and promote them on social media.”

Simon Leonard added: “We’re thrilled with the progress all our learners have made over the last eight weeks. Our pilot programme for Calderdale was designed to help young adults to find employment or move into further education to improve their future job prospects.

“In addition to developing the technical skills of our learners, we work hard to address some of the barriers that have held them back from progressing in traditional education settings or into employment. Our programme supports the development of positive physical and mental health – we’re delighted that all learners have either found work or enrolled in further education.”

Sport Works adult education course was funded by Calderdale Adult Learning as part of its strategy to support more adults from the area back into employment and further education.


It’s game on for sport works with new appointment

Specialist health and education company, Sport Works Yorkshire, has appointed Josie Armitage, to its top team to support its continued growth into the skills sector.

In her new role as Skills and Education Partnerships Manager, Ms Armitage will oversee the growth of programmes for disengaged young people who are struggling in traditional education settings or those looking for employment.  She has over 20 years’ experience within the skills sector, including senior paid and voluntary roles with the likes of UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Leeds City Region LEP and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Bradford based company currently delivers a range of sport-based programmes aimed at helping people back into education and employment.   These include Traineeships, study programmes and adult education courses that, in addition to practical employability skills, also develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

The announcement comes at a time when the number of 16-24-year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS) across the UK has risen to 794,000, 11.2% of all people in this age group.  In Yorkshire this stands at 10.8%*.

Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director Simon Leonard said: “We’re delighted Josie has joined the team.   She comes with a wealth of experience and expertise that will ensure we can support even more people across Yorkshire back into education and employment, so they can reach their full potential.”

Josie added: “I’m really looking forward to growing specialist skills and education programmes.  I’ve seen first hand what a difference they make.    In addition to the normal employability activities that you would expect to see in these types of programmes, Sport Works specialise on improving the health and well-being of learners which remove negative barriers.”

Sport Works currently delivers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses across Yorkshire in schools, colleges and community settings.