Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce the launch of an annual Traineeship programme. Middlesex Traineeships are offered to 16 – 24 year olds and provides work placements via an intensive eight week period. This placement period includes integrated technical training, further education support and provides important work place experience.
The Trainees are offered two programme pathways, Activity Leadership, which provides technical qualifications for event management and coaching or Business Admin, which offers applied practice to sports development monitoring systems and processes.
The inaugural cohort of Trainees for 2014 consisted of one Business Admin candidate, Hayley Campbell and three Activity Leadership candidates; Arshaan Dhanji, Mason Noel & Rea Mistry. Here the Trainees share their thoughts on their experience as a Middlesex Trainee.
"I really enjoy the business aspect of work and want to develop my skills in a different field. I want to push myself and get out of my comfort zone and try a new industry. So far I have really enjoyed the workshops on CV writing and interview skills. However, the most exciting part was getting to work at Lords for the day and meeting the Indian Cricket Captain!"
"I entered into the MCB traineeship programme as a way to increase my skills and gain more knowledge on cricket development and coaching in general. I think this programme has enabled me to grow in confidence and has given me more information on how to safely and effectively coach children. I have especially enjoyed our many trips to Lord's and having the chance to run skills challenges on the nursery ground; it made me think on the spot and also due to the wide range of capabilities on the day I had to think of ways to adapt the sessions.”
Throughout this MCB traineeship I’ve enjoyed being a part of the StreetChance programme as well as going to Lords; these experiences have helped me develop my communication skills with many different people throughout the County."
"My time with the Middlesex Cricket Board has been amazing! The coaches and staff were great fun to work with and to learn from. One of the highlights of this experience was working at Lords where I got the opportunity to interact with children involved with the Chance to Shine programme. I have learnt about many different aspects of cricket and workplace demands. Overall the traineeship has been immensely enjoyable and very educational."
The programme is delivered in partnership with Icon Training. Icon Training is an established market leader, providing high quality, pioneering and visionary training within the leisure industry; their passion is providing quality training to ensure high standards within the sector. Icon tutors have guided learners through the traineeship process and given them the skills they require to be able to gain employment in an industry they are passionate about. Icon Training tutor Daniel Boniface said:
“We are delighted to be working alongside the Middlesex Cricket and have already seen some major success from the first traineeship cohort. The next phase is already in place to recruit Apprentices for Middlesex Cricket, providing more young people with the opportunity to work in London and develop a career within a great industry.”
At the end of the placement period, the MCB Trainees were offered support to progress to further education courses, employment or apprenticeships with Middlesex Cricket.
The MCB Apprenticeships Programme is a one year placement in Activity Leadership or Business Administration, with both syllabuses’ supporting the operations of the MCB Development Team.
The first cohort of the MCB Apprenticeship scheme started on 1 November 2014 and we are pleased to welcome Mason Noel, Arshaan Dhanji, Alex Hughes and Muhammed Fahad to the Middlesex family as our new Apprentices.