CXK Appeals for Unemployed Ashford Young People to Join its Prince’s Trust Team Programme

Tuesday 12th June 2018

CXK is recruiting for its next Prince’s Trust Team Programme in Ashford; a scheme designed to help unemployed and vulnerable young people in the local area to gain skills and find work, apprenticeships or return to education.

 

The 12 week programme is available for an immediate start and is open to anyone in the local area aged from 16-25 and not in education, employment or training (NEET). Participants benefit from a personal development programme designed to help them uncover their hidden talents and improve their confidence, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification and developing their English and Maths skills. The programme is completely free of charge, and won’t affect participants’ Jobseekers Allowance.

The programme begins with team-building activities, which involves the participants spending a week at a residential activity centre taking part in activities such as canoeing, climbing, and raft-building. The young people go on to become involved in designing and executing community projects, as well as working on their interview, presentation and job application skills. Finally, they benefit from individual work placements tailored to their career field of interest. CXK works with a huge variety of local employers to support this element of the programme, with employer partners including Eurostar, M&S, Superdrug and Lend Lease.

Having successfully completed the programme, the participating young people will gain a nationally recognised qualification in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills. Three out of four young people who take part in the programme go on to work or college courses within three months.

Michaela, 18, from Willesborough, completed the Prince’s Trust programme with CXK at the beginning of the year and commented on her experiences pf the programme: “Before I came to CXK, I had nothing. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I came on this course to make a difference to my life which I have done. Now I want to go on and follow my dream of working with animals. I have learnt all kinds of skills, such as communication skills and how to work in a team.”

For further information on the programme, including how to apply, contact: clairecoulson@cxk.org; 01233 224244 / 07879 337475