The entire Manchester United organisation is built on a heritage of promoting youth from within, and with nearly half of its current 16 strong grounds team being apprentices, it is clear this commitment goes beyond the players on the pitch.
While the club benefits from the investment in its apprenticeship scheme in the long term – both financially and in developing a motivated workforce – its apprentices gain experience working for a world-famous employer.
Every apprentice gets access to professional training and the chance to gain horticulture qualifications that have been specially developed to enhance their knowledge and skills.
They are also given the chance to study further external qualifications – paid for by the club – to galvanize their CV and make them stand out in the jobs market.
Manchester United, at all levels of the club, has consistently shown a commitment to offering a well-rounded and multi-faceted approach to staff progression, ensuring its workers have access to the best theoretical and practical teaching.
From dedicated teaching facilities, to specially constructed pitches that require specific knowledge of grounds-work, the club ensures its apprentices have access to the best of everything.
And YMCA’s training platform has continued to play a pivotal role in the development of staff, ensuring the ongoing professional partnership with Manchester United and YMCA has garnered significant success for all parties.