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Minister Backs Competitive Edge Live

Kevin Brennan MP, Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs (jointly with the Department for Children, Schools and Families) has endorsed the Competitive Edge Live Careers Event at Newbury Racecourse.

The unique careers and recruitment fairs – which bring together elite athletes and students of all ages looking to progress their sport, leisure or tourism career – kicked off at the Bolton Arena on 10th and 11th March. Next it’s down south to Newbury Racecourse on the 25th March for the final event.

With record levels of youth unemployment and an increasingly tough job market, it’s more important than ever for Britain’s youngsters to ensure they are fit for future employers – and Competitive Edge Live promises to help students and young elite athletes shape up for success.

Whether tying to find employment, switch career path, boost their CV, or go onto further education, the impressive line-up of exhibitors, activities and sporting, vocational and educational ambassadors are fully geared to motivate attendees to get that all important competitive edge.

Organised in partnership with JobServe Events and LFE’s Progression partners, this exclusive event makes full use of LFE’s specialist experience in developing elite athletes’ people skills and knowledge to ensure they are as prepared as possible for the next step of their career – whether in sport or another field.

Speaking during a recent Apprenticeship Week event at Blackpool Football Club, Mr Brennan recognised the benefits of an event like Competitive Edge Live and offered a glowing appraisal of the work conducted by League Football Education, he said;

“In a recession, it’s tougher for young people because they don’t necessarily have the skills, the expertise, or the qualifications needed to successfully find employment, so an event like this I think is really important to give these people perhaps another option or two about finding the right kind of employment and finding the right qualifications and using their skills in a way perhaps they hadn’t at first expected.”

“If you’re a football Apprentice, for example, and you don’t get that professional contract, or you got it but you’re no longer able to play after a couple of years, there are other options available and events like this can help young people to use those qualifications in a way that can get them a great career.”

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