Chelsea FC seeks female accountancy apprentices

Chelsea Football Club hopes to encourage more women to undertake financial service apprenticeships as it launches an accountancy apprenticeship programme this summer.

The new programme is available for women aged 16-18. Applicants must have five GCSE’s, including English and Maths. Apprentices will start their training in September 2015.

Within the apprenticeship, young women will also gain the chance to undertake football coaching sessions as a way to develop leadership skills for careers in the financial sector.

The new initiative represents a partnership with social mobility and employability charity Leadership Through Sport and Business.

The organisation helps ambitious youngsters from deprived backgrounds find higher apprenticeships. The charity has previously worked with other London football clubs including West Ham United and Leyton Orient.

‘‘The world cup was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the women’s game and we hope it will also encourage young women to strive for success in other areas,’’ explained Chelsea striker Eni Aluko.

Chelsea is aiming to lower the gender gap that currently exists between finance apprentices. According to the club, applications from young men currently outnumber those from women by five to one.

‘‘Football coaching is only a small part of Chelsea’s new accounting apprenticeship, which involves studying for an accounts qualification and a paid work-placement with a top employee,’’ ended Aluko.