Fulham manager Martin Jol was joined by Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond to celebrate the achievements of young people bidding to get into work.
The duo congratulated 16 young people from Surrey and parts of London who successfully completed a course at the Premier League football club aimed at equipping them with the skills to land a job.
They were the first 16 to 25-year-olds classed as not in education, training or employment to graduate from the Craven Cottage club’s My Future Goal scheme.
The council is running a scheme offering businesses a cash incentive to hire 200 teenage apprentices and has called on firms chasing deals to agree to hiring apprentices aged 16 to 24. In addition, it has pledged to take on 100 apprenticeships in a year.
Mrs Hammond said: “All these young people deserve praise for their efforts to get the skills to move into the world of work and Fulham must be congratulated for helping them. Like the county council, the club recognises the importance of doing all it can to create opportunities and jobs to prepare today’s young people for a successful future.”