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22 January 2013

New Club Partner comes on board to help make a difference in the lives of the local community

New Huddersfield Town Partner Blue Apple Training has joined forces with the Club to provide training to the unemployed across West Yorkshire who are looking to get back to work.
Blue Apple Training, which is based in Leeds, has over 15 years of experience in the ‘Welfare to Work’ and recruitment industries and aims to help the unemployed back into jobs by delivering free qualifications and specialist support. 
The new partnership will see Blue Apple Training join Town to engage with the unemployed in the community and help them back to work, using the Club’s facilities – both the Stadium and Canalside Sports Complex – to deliver training courses.
Owner Directors of Blue Apple Training, Mike Gore and John Perrin accompanied by Joanne Wray, Tutor, joined Town’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis and International Development Manager Ajin Abraham at the ground to celebrate the new partnership.
“We’re delighted that Blue Apple Training has signed on as the Club’s latest commercial partner,” Sean explained.
“As a Club, one of our main focus areas is around ‘doing the right thing’ and we were delighted that Blue Apple Training shares our vision. We are well aware of Blue Apple Training’s excellent training programmes as they have worked closely with Kirklees College, another valued Club Partner, for some time now and we’re very happy to provide a well-known base and an opportunity for the two organisations to help the unemployed and youths not in education, employment or training to get back on track.
“We cannot afford to lose a generation to a perceived lack of opportunities and I hope we can play our part in getting some of the long term unemployed back into work with the help of Blue Apple Training. Both the Stadium and the Club’s training ground, Canalside Sports Complex, are iconic sites in our region and if that can play even a small part in attracting people to their courses, we have achieved our goal of ‘making a difference’.”
John Perrin outlined Blue Apple’s intentions for Huddersfield:  

“Our mission statement is to ‘stand out from the crowd’ – and that is exactly what we aim to do.  We want to stand out as a training and recruitment organisation and we want those who come on our courses to stand out when they apply for vacancies and attend job interviews.  We are working with local employers to offer free bespoke recruitment solutions as well as working with the Job Centre Plus and Work Programme providers to help and support the unemployed in and around the Huddersfield area.  We work closely with our learners over a four or five week period and so we get to know them, their strengths, their attitude and work ethic and then we can confidently put the right people forward for interview to the employers with whom we work in partnership.”
Mike Gore added: “We are very excited about working with Huddersfield Town to develop a focal point of support for both those who are seeking employment and companies who are seeking to recruit.  The community ethos which is fostered at Town is one shared by Blue Apple Training and we are proud to become part of the family here in Huddersfield and are ready to help make a difference.”
Anyone attending a Blue Apple Training course will not only receive a nationally recognised qualification, but they will also get preferential access to employers as well as help on creating a professional CV, one-to-one support, a student discount card and help with interview preparation.
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