The boxing qualifications are enhanced by the inclusion of PCCGB and NPCT citizenship training which, provides the client with the combined skills of Olympic boxing coaching and a qualification to deliver citizenship to a myriad of organisations including schools, colleges, clubs etc, thereby providing an additional employment pathway.
The successful clients are introduced to selected NGB registered clubs and mentored for a period of one year. All participants in this programme are the subject of qualitative and quantitive evaluation, experience shows that many will progress into self-employment as coaches / citizenship facilitators.
As with the Football Association programme, the ‘DIVERT’ – Olympic Boxing programme clients will be supported by the ‘DIVERT’ facilitator advising of educational, training and employment opportunities offered by the ‘DIVERT’ key strategic partners.
The following gives a broad-brush picture of the innovative Divert programme:
DIVERT – POLICE CUSTODY INTERVENTION
Divert is a unique police custody programme designed for 18-25-year olds to promote pathways to education, apprenticeships, employment and to stop re-offending.
An 18-25-year-old who has been taken into custody will be approached by a Divert Custody Intervention Coach to identify their interests and skills for employment. They are informed that Divert along with its strategic partners may help them achieve their passion and goal.
Once released from custody the youth will be re-contacted by a Divert facilitator advising of educational, training and employment opportunities being offered by the key strategic partners.
The progress of each youth is monitored through the programme and mentoring is also provided where necessary.
Divert is now running in the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Haringey, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney with outstanding results.
Wilf Pickles said “I am proud to be involved with this ground-breaking project which engages with young offenders, diverting them from crime and into employment and education. The project has dramatically reduced re-offending rates.
DIVERT: TACKLING VIOLENT CRIME AT ITS ROOTS
In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, Shaun Bailey a member of the London Assembly writes that ‘we need to deal with the underlying issues that push our young men towards gangs and criminality”.
The article praises Divert, a London based youth diversion project, which is proving particularly successful in getting gang members out of crime and into employment and education.
Wilf Pickles, a trustee of Divert said “Divert is a ground-breaking project and engages with young offenders, diverting them from crime and into employment and education. The project has reduced re-offending rates from 29% to 7%. This success shows the value in rolling this project out throughout London, and elsewhere in the country”.