Aaron Cresswell with schoolchildren

Learning is another key strand of the Hammers' commitment to the community.

Key to the ethos of West Ham United is not just hiring staff, but helping them develop new skills too, not only in the Academy but on the business side as well.

With one-fifth of the Club's current staff being apprentices, this commitment is clear.

In addition, students can study for a degree with the West Ham United Foundation, in partnership with the University of East London.

The Hammers' first team players also play a central role in inspiring students, with Aaron Cresswell recently going back to school as part of the Premier League's Primary Stars programme.

Key Stats

  • One in five of full-time workforce are currently apprentices
    • Looking to increase to a third by the end of the 2018/19 season
    • Three-quarters of apprentices are aged 16-24
    • Almost half of our current apprentices are based in Newham and surrounding boroughs
    • Diverse age of apprentices - aged 16 to 47
    • Apprenticeships delivered a range from levels 2-7 (MBA)
  • Engaged and mentored over 270 apprentices in the last five years
  • 85% of staff engaged in Continuous Personal Development training in 2017/18
    • Targeting 95% for the 2018/19 season
  • 98% pass rate of the 115 students enrolled in Learning Academy in 2017/18 - giving them a sport-related BTEC