Programme helps 200th person find a job

The Arsenal Employability programme has helped its 200th participant into employment - 44-year-old Borry Jarju.

Borry, who arrived in the UK from Gambia four years ago, became involved with the Arsenal in the Community scheme through its links with local charity Freedom From Torture, a medical foundation for the care of victims of torture.

He was one of 11 members of the programme to gain employment at the Debenhams’ restaurant and is delighted to have secured his new role.



“The Arsenal Employability Programme has been a massive help to me. The people there helped me with every aspect of being part of the workforce in this country,” he said.

“They helped me write my CV, apply for jobs, and learn to cope with interviews. I don’t know exactly what’s involved with my new job yet because I have not had my induction yet, but it feels really good to have a job and I can’t wait to get started.

“To tell you the truth - and you might think I am over-emphasising but I’m not - the most important thing in life is to feel appreciated and Arsenal in the Community have given me that. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate everyone who’s helped me.”



Set up in 2012, the Arsenal Employability Programme helps local people in Islington find jobs by offering advice and support on finding and applying for work.

Twelve-week courses teach participants techniques to enhance their chances of being successful at job interviews and put them in touch with local employers. The programme also includes an interview for matchday work at Emirates Stadium.

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