National Apprenticeship Week: Jevaughni

Jevaughni applied to the Coach Core programme with the aim of developing his communication skills and self-confidence. After impressing with his professionalism & attitude during the recruitment process, he was placed at Sport Birmingham as part of the 2017-2018 programme.

By James Burbidge · 3rd February 2020

‘Before I started the Coach Core apprenticeship, I was working as a labourer at a PVC window making factory. I was always interested in working in sport but didn’t think there were many opportunities. However, whilst looking for apprenticeships, I came across Coach Core. I spoke to a member of staff who told me more about the apprenticeship, applied and attended a recruitment day, where I was successfully accepted onto the programme.

During my time with Coach Core, I was employed by Sport Birmingham, who provided me with the opportunity to work but also to gain a range of coaching experiences and interact with the community. The factors that were key to my success were being able to gain further qualifications and experience different work opportunities in different settings.

I’d definitely recommend Coach Core to others, it allowed me to work in a field I enjoyed, try new experiences by pushing me outside my comfort zone, gain further qualifications, meet new people & have fun.

It’s had a big impact on my life. It’s given me a platform where I can express my feelings and also have an impact on others. It’s also given me the confidence to go out and challenge myself to do greater things.’

Since graduating from the Coach Core programme, Jevaughni has gained full time employment with Sport Birmingham, as a Youth and Sport Engagement Assistant, co-ordinating a number of city-wide projects for various communities. In recognition of his achievements since completing the programme, Jevaughni was recently awarded the Graduate of the Year Award at the national Coach Core Awards.