The Relaunch of Prince's Trust Programme in Thanet, Folkestone and Sittingbourne

Monday 6th November 2017

This week, CXK is relaunching its Prince’s Trust Programme in Thanet, Folkestone and Sittingbourne; a scheme designed to help unemployed and vulnerable young people to gain skills and find work, apprenticeships or return to education.

 

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

The programme returns to Margate, Folkestone and Sittingbourne on 6th November and is open to anyone in the local area aged between 16-25 and not in education, employment or training (NEET). Participants will 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 in each area will begin with team-building activities, which will involve the 15 members in each team spending a week at a residential activity centre. The young people will go on to donate 2 weeks of their time to designing and executing social action projects that will benefit their local communities. Later in the programme, they will benefit from 2 weeks’ work experience in something they are interested in, develop their Maths and English skills, and develop their interview and CV writing skills to ensure that their confidence is sky-high when taking their next steps. 

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

Brendan Hammond, Programme Manager at CXK, commented: “CXK is incredibly proud to deliver the Prince’s Trust Team Programme in Margate, Folkestone and Sittingbourne. 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 the NEET young people in those areas 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.”

 

For more information on the Prince's Trust Team Programme, click here.