Leslie has settled into his role as a Salmon apprentice and has taken a joint leadership role with Remi running the Salmon Tigers training sessions. Here is what Leslie had to say about his experience...

My experience so far at Salmon has been an exciting one as I have been able to go on various trips. The trips I’ve attended have been fun; in addition the trips have enabled me to bond with the young people by gaining insight to how they conduct themselves outside of the Salmon Youth Centre.

I’ve also had the opportunity to get involved in training courses as I was put forward for the FA level 1 coaching course. On that course, I received first hand training from FA officials who have been in the industry for a substantial amount of years.

I was successful and able to pass the course; I now have my FA level 1 in coaching. I plan to progress this on further by doing my level 2 in the future.

The skills I have gained helped in a major way and as Remi and I have been given charge of the Salmon 10-13s football team, I now apply the skills learnt on the course to help and boost the quality of the sessions I deliver. 

Leslie Abrokwaa, Youth Work Apprentice (24)

Apprentices are young people who are gaining work experience while working on a Level 3 youth work qualification. They spend thirty-five hours a week for up to nine months at Salmon on a paid salary. This gives them access to higher education, which they previously would not have had, or it leads to the start of a career in youth work. The apprentices are very important to Salmon, as we get to invest a lot of time in them, helping them to grow on a personal, political, social and spiritual level. Also, as they are still young themselves, they are often very good at connecting with the young people we work with and a lot of young people look up to them.


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