Career Mode was co-designed (50 partners) with the aim of supporting disadvantaged young people to improve skills and increase their employability through volunteering, training and development opportunities in the sport sector.

Young people have been involved in the design and direction of the project. They will eventually take ownership and help run Career Mode so that we are providing a platform for young people to have a voice and to support sustained engagement of other young people.

Engaging young people with limited life opportunities to believe in themselves, take ownership of their futures and go on to inspire their peers and communities.

Clear ethos: Take control of your own journey.

The project runs in association with key partners including Hertfordshire Police, Hertfordshire’s Adult and Family Learning Service and local community sport.

The name and much of the makeup of Career Mode is a nod towards computer games. When playing these games, young people are presented with options to jump into play or ‘enter Career Mode’. This is more of a long-term commitment but they have to make their own decisions, problem solve, strategically plan, earn points, unlock rewards and work towards a target. This has been applied to the real world, specifically community activation in sport.

Career Mode is currently open for recruitment:

  • If you know an individual that you wish to nominate…
  • If you are a club looking to provide opportunities for a Career Mode participant…
  • If you are an organisation that would like to get involved…

Josh Spavins
E: j.spavins@herts.ac.uk
T: 01707 281173