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Canterbury Pathways: Helping People Get Back Into Work

28th May 2024

CXK is proud to announce the launch of the Canterbury Pathways programme, a new initiative designed to help residents in the Canterbury district develop and enhance their skills with the goal of re-entering the workforce. Running until March 2025, the programme offers comprehensive support through one-to-one sessions and group workshops.

Participants will receive training in essential soft and life skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, listening, time management, problem-solving, leadership, and empathy. Additionally, the programme provides crucial guidance on CV building, interview techniques, and job hunting strategies.

The primary aim of Canterbury Pathways is to assist those who are currently unemployed or economically inactive in understanding the job market and acquiring the skills demanded by employers. The programme is also ideal for individuals seeking a career change, entering the workforce for the first time, or returning to work after a break.

Funded by the United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund, the initiative is a collaborative effort between CXK and Canterbury City Council. Support from Canterbury College and other agencies ensures that participants have access to learning pathways leading to formal qualifications. Courses available include key skills like maths and English, as well as industry-specific training in fields such as retail, hospitality, construction trades, childcare, and healthcare.

Last year, the Canterbury district had 28,900 economically inactive residents, exceeding the average for the South East and the UK, with 13,200 individuals on long-term sick leave.

Lizzie Gregory, CXK Area Manager for Targeted Support, shared her enthusiasm for the project: “We are thrilled to partner with Canterbury City Council on the Canterbury Pathways project. This initiative embodies CXK’s commitment to empowering individuals by providing them with the skills, confidence, and support needed to re-enter the workforce or upskill in their current roles. By offering personalised guidance and access to essential training opportunities, we aim to make a significant impact on the lives of many residents in the Canterbury district. Together, we can help unlock potential and pave the way to a brighter future for everyone involved.” For more information about Canterbury Pathways, visit cxk.org/canterbury-pathways-project, email targetedsupport@cxk.org, or call 01233 224244.

 

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a central component of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda, provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in places and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and places, supporting local businesses, and enhancing people’s skills.

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