The Coach Core apprenticeship gave Gabrielle the confidence to pursue her dream of working in the sport she loved, and the organisations around her supported Gabrielle to find ways to overcome her challenges.
Her hard work and determination led to her completing her apprenticeship with a distinction and securing a job with England Boxing, where she has progressed onto a Level 4 Project Associate apprenticeship position.
Gabrielle continues to use her story to inspire others, speaking in school assemblies about overcoming her challenges.
Opportunities for everybody
We also have Madi from Coach Core Leicester.
Her story reflects Coach Core and Sport England's goal to engage more women and girls from diverse backgrounds, showing how apprenticeships can spark broader societal change.
Madi works on the Women's Active projects delivering sessions for women of all ages in ethnically diverse and underserved areas of Leicester.
She also works to empower unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with their self-development, giving them the tools, skills and knowledge needed to understand the opportunities that the project can provide for them.
Madi has continued her work with Leicester City in the community after completing her apprenticeship and has moved into a full-time role where she now mentors future apprentices.
Support apprenticeships, support change
While we celebrate these victories from our initiative, we really can't ignore a concerning trend - apprenticeship numbers are declining, especially among the most disadvantaged.
The number of entry-level apprenticeships has fallen by 74% since 2015/16, and those in deprived areas have seen an 18% drop in apprenticeship stars, compared to just 2% in affluent areas.
We, at Coach Core, believe in the transformative power of apprenticeships and estimates from the Social Mobility Commission show that disadvantaged female learners with an entry-level apprenticeship qualification earn 11.6% more at age 28, compared to individuals holding a different qualification at the same level.
Apprenticeships are a powerful way to empower young people and create a more diverse workforce in the sport and physical activity sector.
And that is why Coach Core is issuing a call to action to our sector, urging the incorporation of apprenticeships – especially at entry level – into their future recruitment strategies.
So why not join our movement and shape the future? There are different ways in which you can contribute:
- Advocate for apprenticeships – spread awareness about the impact of apprenticeships and their pivotal role in empowering young people.
- Connect with Coach Core – explore how we can actively support you or the initiatives of your organisation.
- Share success stories – amplify the narratives of individuals like Chauncey, Gabrielle and Madi to inspire others.
There’s so much you can do to help others release their full potential!
Help us change the lives of those facing the most difficulties to achieve everything they can.
You’ll be helping them, the sector and everyone in the community.