A 23 year old leisure assistant with Somerset Leisure is a “poster girl” for a nationwide campaign to promote a Government scheme to help young unemployed people get back into work.
Genna Kelsall, is a theatre studies graduate from Martock who works at Stanchester Sports Centre at Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil as part of the Future Jobs Fund scheme (FJF). She has been selected to appear on a poster which promotes the FJF programme across the UK. The FJF scheme is organised by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure which provides young long term unemployed people with valuable work experience and training to help them get a full time job.
Genna, who graduated from Yeovil College in 2006, had been unable to find work in the theatre and took a series of part time jobs until she was made redundant from a post as a shop assistant.
Somerset Leisure has been providing valuable training and work experience as part of the FJF scheme to a number of young unemployed people at some of the 13 leisure centres it manages across Somerset. Genna says that she was delighted to be offered the training opportunity with the leisure trust and that she was very surprised that her experience would form part of a nationwide advertising campaign: “I was really happy to be offered work experience with Somerset Leisure as it was really depressing being out of work and not being able to find a job. It is great to be able to retrain, I am thrilled to be on the poster which was rather unexpected but hopefully my experience will inspire other young people across the country who find themselves in a similar position to me.”
Genna says that she has not given up on her dream of acting but she that she has enjoyed working as a leisure assistant at Stanchester Sports centre, as it has given her a great variety of work experience as well as a number of useful qualifications: “I’ve gained qualifications in useful areas like first aid, health and safety and customer service. The Future Jobs Fund has helped me get some work experience and training under my belt, which I know will improve my chances of finding a full-time job.” For more information about the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure Future Job Fund Programme visit www.sportactivensa.co.uk
Somerset Leisure is a non-profit making leisure trust which manages 13 leisure centres based on school sites across Somerset. Somerset Leisure's mission is to provide excellent sports, health & wellbeing, leisure and learning services that are accessible, responsive and sustainable to ensure the South West is a healthy and vibrant place to live, work and visit.
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