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Keighley Cougars work experience academy is launched!

Keighley Cougars is pleased to announce its partnership with Workpays Academies which starts today.

The service will provide an opportunity for local unemployed young people (aged 16 – 24 years) to gain valuable work experience with local employers and also brush up their English and Maths.

The eight week process will involve candidate selection, class room sessions at Keighley Cougars stadium, Cougar Park, work experience at local employers including Keighley Cougars and, finally, support in helping them get employment.  The work experience will be wide ranging covering all types of business within the Keighley area across hospitality, administration, marketing, technical support and ground maintenance.

Gary Fawcett, Keighley Cougars chairman, said:  “This is an exciting opportunity for Keighley Cougars in helping the local community by helping our young people back to work.  The process of upskilling the candidates in Maths and English coupled with work experience added to support in helping them find a job is a powerful combination.

“We’re proud to be involved and hope this initiative will help Keighley and the surrounding area’s young people.”

Paul Thompson, Workpays Academies director, said: “This is an exciting initiative which will use the club’s strong community standing to improve the prospects of young people in the Keighley area. The young people who come on the programme will all want to work but have struggled to find jobs mainly because they lack experience and a bit of confidence.

“So, together with Keighley Cougars and  local employers, we are providing the young people with a real chance to gain experience in construction trades, warehouses, kitchens, bars and shops.”

Potential candidates must be aged between 16-24 and must not currently be in education employment or training.

Candidates or employers who are interested in taking part in the programme should contact Asma from Workpays Academies on 07964 396 785   or email

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