Elevate learners rising to new heights

Sunday 11th October 2015

Young people, who have taken part of CXK’s Elevate programme in Canterbury, have been experiencing and achieving fantastic things over the last few months.

As well as gaining their maths and English qualifications, the groups of 16-19 year olds have been working as a team to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation UK and the RSPCA.  They have also secured work placements with employers such as Canterbury Cathedral, Catching Lives and ADM Computing. Several of the young people who have completed the course have moved on to employment or education in and around Canterbury.

Elevate has also offered new experiences for the young people such as a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. They have practiced their interview skills at an Assessment Day with the Halifax and completed a World Host Customer Service qualification with Canterbury Cathedral. It has been a lot of hard work but a very enjoyable few months, with fantastic opportunities for those taking part in the programme.

Caris Morgan, a current learner on the Elevate programme said: ‘This programme has helped boost my confidence and prepared me to go back to college which is the reason I joined. I would recommend Elevate to anybody looking for help towards a job or education.’

Lizzie Gregory, Elevate course leader, said ‘It is such a pleasure to work on the Elevate programme; seeing young people achieve what they are capable of and pushing themselves to develop new skills. I am always impressed with how hard they work and the huge change I see in them as they go through the course. It’s really exciting and I love being a part of it.’

The next Elevate programme in Canterbury, which starts on 2nd November, will offer 16-19 year olds a chance to retake their GCSEs in maths and English if they have not already achieved a C grade or above. The year-long programme also consists of skills based sessions, team building and personal development, as well as experience from a choice of work environments.