Lauren’s Story

Young female smiles to camera, holding a book in her armsI was in a situation where I wanted to change jobs. I was working nights in a care home and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that the fact that I didn’t have a minimum of Level 4 (Grade C) at GCSE in Maths would make it difficult for me to change jobs. So I got in contact with CXK as I knew they could help, and they called me and arranged a time when I could meet them to have a chat. In that chat we discussed what would benefit me the most which was the Elevate programme.

“It encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone”

I really enjoyed my Elevate experience; it encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone and meet new people. A big part of Elevate was working as a team with people I hadn’t met before. I felt more engaged in the lesson when everyone was involved; I also really enjoyed the learning. It was a lot more relaxed and chilled out than I expected which made learning a lot more fun and enjoyable.

They also helped find different ways of learning that suited different people which I found really useful. I found Luke and Ali, who run the course, really supportive and friendly. It made me want to learn and keep coming back rather than giving up. I feel like they took the serious out of learning and made it more fun.

“Elevate helped me massively build up my confidence”

Elevate benefited me by helping me see that I was capable of doing Maths; I just need to find a way of learning that works for me. It helped me massively build up my confidence. During my week’s work placement I discovered what job I want to do – to work in admin.

I definitely have a clearer idea of where I am heading and what I’d need to do to be able to achieve that. If I hadn’t taken part in Elevate I think I would still be uncertain where I want to go in life.

I would 100% recommend doing Elevate, I think it would benefit a lot of people who are unsure on what they want to do in life. It makes you aware of the basic skills you need to have when getting a job.

The Elevate Programme is a 12 week course available to anyone living in Kent aged 16-25 and not in education, employment or training. Elevate gives you the chance to build your confidence, develop your Maths and English skills, gain valuable work experience, and get all of the advice and guidance you need to take the next steps towards finding a job, or moving into education. For further information, including how to apply, visit our Elevate page.

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