Inverclyde youngsters kick off Cashback at Cappielow Park

Cappielow played host to a group of youngsters on our CashBack Connections programme this week.

Working closely with Morton Community Trust, ten young people from across Inverclyde enjoyed three days at the Morton ground as part of a four-week work academy to get them ready for employment in the construction industry.

It was a jam packed visit, starting with two days of customer service training leading to an accredited industry recognised qualification. A health and wellbeing session, where they focussed on nutrition, the importance of physical activity and changing one thing to lead a healthier lifestyle, followed. The visit wrapped up with a tour of the stadium and a game of walking football to put their new team skills to the test.

CashBack Connections gives young people aged 16-24 sector-based skills and experience to help them in to work. Funded by the Scottish Government’s proceeds of crime fund, CashBack for Communities, the programme has already helped over 350 young people in to work in Inverclyde, Glasgow and East Ayrshire.

Mark Rae, CashBack Connections Coach at the Wise Group, said:

“Our time at Cappielow was great fun. By working with Morton in the Community, our young people have had the chance to build their confidence, think about how to live a healthy lifestyle and make some great friends.

“CashBack Connections from the Wise Group supports local young people to transform their lives through work and we’re proud to work in partnership with Morton in the Community to make some great memories for the young people who came along yesterday.”

Nick Thow, Employability Project Manager at Morton in the Community, said:

“It’s been great hosting our guests, and helping them on the way to finding and keeping a job, as well as looking at how small lifestyle changes can have a big impact for them. We’re delighted to partner with the Wise Group, and look forward to welcoming the next group.”

CashBack Connections is funded by CashBack for Communities – the Scottish Government’s proceeds of crime fund – and works with young people not in education, employment or training. For more information about our CashBack Connections project, click here.