Castleford Tigers and Castleford Tigers Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a fantastic partnership with local education provider The Skills Network, a training partner that provides access to interactive and engaging learning content for adults.
As part of the partnership, Tigers’ fans, players, and staff have free access to nearly 50, nationally recognised Level 1 and 2 courses across of range of sectors and industries, with everything from an award in ‘Mental Health Awareness’ to a certificate in ‘Caring for the Elderly’ available to study!
The Selby-based company, who have partnerships with the likes of NHS and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, are offering the courses to Tigers fans to assist learning, skills access and training opportunities. Any adult over 19 across the the Five Towns Community can view and sign up for the courses.
All courses are fully funded meaning there will be no cost to enrol or take up the course. With distance learning, it’s possible to study online, at your own speed, and in the comfort of your own room.
View the selection of courses and sign up to take the next exciting steps on your education journey here!
About the partnership
One individual who is already excited to take on this new offer is veteran Tiger James Clare:
“I just think it’s outstanding, for me personally and everybody in the Cas community, to add a little skill to your repertoire. To get opportunities like that, especially for free and during such a difficult time in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s just great to see.”
“I know myself personally and a couple of the other players will definitely be jumping onboard the courses just to help us develop our own careers, after rugby. Hopefully we can see some of the wider community on these very courses and we can all get a little bit better together!”
After working with The Skills Network last year, Tigers’ Managing Director Mark Grattan was happy to see more education opportunities opened up:
“As a club we are delighted that our Foundation can now offer these free courses to Castleford Tigers’ fans, players, staff and sponsors, and also to their family and friends. On the back of the Foundation’s relationship with The Skills Network, we managed to offer a small number of courses to the club’s staff last year as a precursor: The people who took the courses gave some really positive feedback on how professional the systems and learning processes are and completed the courses without any issues.”
“The multitude of courses now offered are varied and will be great for people who want to learn a new skill, upskill themselves in a current job or take the first steps towards a new career.”
Castleford Tigers Community Director, Simon Fox added:
“As a club that cares hugely about its community, we’re delighted to partner with The Skills Network to offer wide array of courses, free of charge to any adult in the District. Now more than ever people are looking to increase their skills, qualification and even change career paths. These courses will expand the Tigers College to over 50 courses, which is unrivalled in rugby league circles and a real source of pride.”
Skills Network were delighted to lend a helping hand in a vitally important area for the community:
“This is a really exciting partnership for both The Skills Network and Castleford Tigers and their Foundation, we are proud to be working with such a reputable club and be able to support the community by offering a range of fully funded courses to help career development, learn new skills and provide knowledge through online learning.”