CXK Hosts Employability Day Aimed at Overcoming Barriers to Employment

Tuesday 18th July 2017

In line with National Employability Day,  CXK hosted an Employability Day on Friday 14 July 2017 at our  Ashford head office, aimed at helping NEET  people across Kent to build the skills they need to effectively find work.


Visitors on the day, all aged from 16 upwards and not in education, employment or training (NEET), benefitted from a jam-packed day of workshops delivered by CXK’s team of careers guidance professionals; including CV writing techniques and interview skills, one-to-one careers advice, and the creation of cutting-edge multi-media jobseeker profiles.

Pauline Smith, CEO at CXK, spoke of the charity’s reasons for organising the event: “The UK labour market is doing really well but we are still seeing pockets in Kent where unemployment is particularly high, especially for young people. In a lot of research that we do and in the day-to-day programmes that we run, it’s evident that many people lack confidence and awareness around an interview situation. We hope that our sessions will provide an opportunity for people to prepare for a job application in the best way possible.”

At the event, participants were coached on how to best engage with other people and professionals, and attended mentoring sessions on how to increase their confidence and aspirations when going into interview situations. They also gained access to valuable resources aimed at helping them to find employment opportunities.

Tia Mitchell-Gray, 18, Ashford, who attended the event, said. ““I’m looking for work at the moment and today has been really helpful for me to find out where to look for jobs and how to apply. I’m not a confident person, so learning how to present myself to employers has really helped.

“I’ve also learned that there is an option for me to work with CXK to get the Maths qualification that I need to apply for some jobs, and I’m looking forward to working with them to achieve that.”