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

Thursday 11th January 2018

Ashford-based charity, 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 begins on 5th February 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.

Pauline Smith, CEO at CXK, commented: “This programme addresses the real needs of NEET young people in our community. It challenges perspectives, builds confidence and develops vital skills that help the participants get ready for work; and in doing so helps to change society for the better.

“Through the programme, we can help Ashford’s NEET young people move on to achieve really positive outcomes from the support of CXK’s very experienced and passionate staff, and we look forward to their success.”