Caitlin’s Story

Towards the end of 2022 I’d just left college where I’d been studying an animal care course. I didn’t have a job to move into, and so I was referred to Back on Track.

The programme was really good and educational. I felt like I learned a lot and it blended learning in a really relaxed way, which helped me and my team mates feel more confident. I enjoyed every part of the programme, but the activities were the part I enjoyed most, as they were always fun ways to learn new skills.

The most helpful part of the programme was the life skills I developed. I’ve learned how to be more confident and that there are more opportunities out there for me than I realised.

Since taking part in CXK’s Back on Track programme I’ve become happier, more confident, and less anxious. I feel a lot better about going out and leaving the house more. Before starting the programme I struggled with taking buses – however, now I can confidently use them.

My future goals are to work in Heath and Social Care – preferably looking after others or working towards becoming a therapist. I plan to start applying for jobs in this sector, and in the meantime I’ve also signed up for a specific Health and Social Care course and I’ve signed up to volunteer at my local A&E, sitting with anxious patients.

If I could give advice to someone in the same situation to me, I would tell them to just go for it. Take risks. And believe in yourself more.

CXK’s Back on Track is a 12-week mentoring programme designed to support young people 16-19 years old (academic years 12 and 13) from the Swale & Gravesham areas who currently are not in education, employment or training (NEET). The programme engages with young people who may have multiple needs, and often significant barriers to education, employment or training.  Find out more on our Back on Track page.

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