CXK Relaunches Prince's Trust Programme in Ashford

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Ashford-based charity, CXK, will this month relaunch its Prince’s Trust 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


Since the charity began delivering the scheme in 2011, 1,200 young people across Kent have benefitted from the programme, donating 30,000 volunteering hours to local charities and causes.

Following a 2 year hiatus, the programme returns to Ashford on 25th September and is open to anyone in the Ashford area aged between 16-25 and not in education, employment or training (NEET). Participants benefit from a 12 week personal development programme designed to help improve their confidence, motivation and work-related skills, and optimise 

their chances of entering sustainable employment. The programme begins with team-building activities, which involves the participants spending a week at a residential activity centre.

The young people go on to become involved in designing and executing community projects, and to benefit from individual work placements. 

Having successfully completed the programme, the participating young people gained a nationally recognised qualification in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills.

Pauline Smith, CEO at CXK, commented: “CXK is incredibly proud to be bringing the Prince’s Trust programme back to Ashford. The 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.”

CXK delivers the Prince’s Trust programme in Ashford, Thanet, Maidstone, Dartford, Sittingbourne and Folkestone. For further information, visit here.