Southampton FC have helped give Big Issue vendors a leg-up with a new employability programme.
The eight-week course, which is run by the club’s official charity Saints Foundation, aims to equip vendors with job-ready skills, building on their personal development and learning about job roles across the club.
It is hoped that completing the course will allow the vendors to pick up skills that will enable them to apply for long-term appointments at the Premier League club.
Since the programme began on October 4, the latest session last week saw vendors covering information on the Matchday Lotto scheme and the relevant skills needed to fill the role.
Other sessions will cover how to effectively deal with customer queries, problems and complaints, give an insight into the role of a steward and allow vendors to brush up on interview skills.
Saints’ defensive starlet Jack Stephens has lent his support to the programme.