Coach Core has revealed the damaging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the apprentices that it supports, and on the employers that underpin its award-winning work with young people.
The charity’s apprenticeship programme aims to give young people aged 16 to 24 the chance to become sports coaches, and it does this by placing its participants with suitable employers.
However 78% (39 out of 50) of the apprentices surveyed between June 26th and July 15th revealed they had been placed on the furlough scheme, which sees the Government pay part or all of their wages while they stop working. This is compared to a national average of 27% of employees being furloughed across all types of companies.
Furthermore, with the lack of summer sports provision and the uncertain return of schools in September, 56% (18 of 32) of sports organisations employing a CoachCore apprentice have made, or are considering making redundancies.
Perhaps most worryingly, 66% of employers asked said they would be unable to commit to taking on an apprentice in future.
Gary Laybourne, CEO Coach Core, says the survey results reflected employers’ need to revert to “short-term solutions” to manage their response to the crisis, when they could potentially be considering the power of apprenticeships and young people as a way of rebuilding long term.
“The effects of Covid-19 are far-reaching and have impacted on all of our lives for many months now but with our attention firmly on the wellbeing of our young people and their employers, we were saddened but not surprised to see that this has impacted them more than most,” he said.
“To see young people reporting that they fear for their futures, while employers indicate a need to revert to short-term solutions for their workforce, paints a very worrying picture – particularly when this is mirrored with recent ONS statistics showing the disparity of employment opportunities that 16 to 24-year-olds increasingly face across the UK.
“However, we are determined to change this. Never before have apprenticeships presented such a clear and impactful way for organisations to recover and for young people to change their futures short and long term.”
CoachCore revealed the results of the survey in a report using the hashtag #PlayTheLongGame.
Gary added: “We are urging employers to truly reflect on their workforce strategies, short and long term and in all areas of the business, and to understand fully that apprenticeships can provide their organisations with greater diverse skillsets and insights, as well as creating real economic and operational impact both inside the business and in the wider community.”
The charity, which won the ‘Enhancing the Workforce’ category at the 2020 London Sport Awards, has committed to carry on providing online learning for the young people on its programmes, delivered by a variety of sector leaders and corporate partners, in order to continue their professional development.
It is also redoubling its efforts to support those participants on apprenticeships, helping them to remain engaged, in work and able to complete the programme.
Read more at coachcore.org.uk