Trying to get a job can be tough, but if you’re long-term unemployed, even landing an interview can be difficult.
However, with the help of the sport’s charity – School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) – lives are being transformed of young people who are out of work.
Filmed by Sky Sports, the programme returns this year for its 9th series and is run by professional rugby coaches and uses their psychology, discipline and teamwork to show what can be achieved.
Rugby stars Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell and motivational psychologist Paul Boross work on the eight-week programme. They focus on the skills needed in rugby – confidence, discipline, determination and self-motivation – to use in the competitive job market.
The life-changing course uses sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, crime and health. SOHK works with individuals to help them take responsibility and take positive steps forward in their lives. Charity bosses say it’s the perfect sport for helping youngsters turn their lives around. The game demands players for all shapes and sizes, so anyone can sign up.
After completing the course, trainees can attend a School of Hard Knocks Job Fair which McGee was delighted to support last week. Hosted at Investec’s London offices on Monday 23rd March, McGee’s Head of HR, Garry Payne (pictured above with Will Greenwood) attended the Job Fair and interviewed candidates with the view to making an offer for a job at McGee to one of the aspiring applicants.
SOHK series 9 will be shown on Sky Sports later this year.