CACT’s Education strand offers a range of opportunities to young people across a wide age range, particularly those who are not reaching or who have struggled to reach their full potential through mainstream education. These programmes are divided between pre-16 alternative provision and post-16 further education.



CACT has a long history of delivering employability programmes for those looking for work. Current initiatives aimed at developing employability skills include traineeships for 16 to 24-year-olds.

CACT has strong partnerships with local further education providers such as London South East Colleges, and links with a wide range of employers, including the club. This creates work experience opportunities in a wide range of careers, including catering, hospitality, media and health improvement. Trainees can also gain FA coaching qualifications.

One 18-year-old trainee says:

"Social skills were a big part of the Charlton course for me, and I don't think you can find a job without having the basic conversational and communication skills it gave me. I've finished my accounting qualification qualification and just been successful in an interview to start a new placement".

Find out more about CACT's current traineeships.

Higher Education and the University of Greenwich

CACT works closely with the University of Greenwich on a range of initiatives. These include the development of a Foundation Degree in Community Sport; Higher Apprenticeships; a jointly funded PhD post and a joint schools project.

Family Learning

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) runs free family learning sessions at The Valley before Charlton Athletic home league games to equip adults with the skills and knowledge to support their child’s education.

The sessions held at Valley Central Youth Hub are aimed at parents and carers of primary school children, and cater for up to 10 families at once.

They are hoped to engage parents and carers with their child’s learning, improve relationships and help them to better manage their behaviour.

Find out more about family learning sessions.

Mainstream and Alternative Provision

CACT runs both mainstream and alternative education programmes for students across South East London and Kent. In September 2016, it started offering an exciting new initiative, funded by housing association L&Q, to deliver literacy and numeracy programmes for primary school children in Royal Greenwich and Bexley to help raise their levels of achievement.

Its alternative education provision caters for 11-16 year old students in South East London and Kent and ranges from CACT staff being based at individual schools either acting as teacher assistants or leading groups and courses, to running off-site provision for large cohorts of students. Its main off-site provision centres are in Woolwich, Folkestone and New Romney.


Kate Gould
Head of Education
P: 0208 850 2866

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