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 “I can’t thank you enough for your help and I want to say thank you for the phone calls too because even when my mental health isn’t great you always make me laugh.”

“I look forward to every session as I feel it really helps with my confidence and mental health.”

“Due to COVID-19 I haven’t been able to achieve the goals I wished for but my Base Camp worker has been accommodating my needs and working with me to achieve other goals and strive in other directions.”

“My mentor was very insightful and encouraging and has helped motivate me when I felt like I couldn’t motivate myself.”


Key Information

CXK’s Base Camp is a dedicated employability programme designed to provide comprehensive support to young individuals aged 18-24 who are currently not engaged in education, employment, or training. The programme aims to enhance personal development and equip participants with the necessary skills to navigate the journey towards securing work, education, or training opportunities.

In climbing, a “base camp” is a staging area used by mountaineers to prepare for the climb ahead. It is a place where they can acclimatise and ensure that they have the correct equipment and supplies to take with them as they move forward. CXK’s Base Camp does just this – equipping young people with the tools they need to take their next steps.

The Concept

Drawing inspiration from mountaineering, Base Camp symbolises the crucial staging area where climbers prepare themselves before embarking on challenging ascents. Just as a mountaineer acclimatises and organises their equipment, CXK’s Base Camp empowers young people by providing them with the tools and resources they need to take their next steps towards a brighter future.

How it Works

The heart of Base Camp lies in the mentorship provided by experienced guides who customise their support based on individual needs. Mentors offer a diverse range of skills-building sessions, presented as a “menu” of options. Topics covered include Time Management, Understanding Debt, Customer Service Skills, Leadership, Job Search Strategies, and CV Building. In order to address emerging needs, the programme continually evolves with the addition of new sessions.

To further enrich the participants’ journey, Base Camp facilitates valuable interactions with local employers. Through employer engagement events, young individuals gain insights into available job opportunities, even without prior experience. This exposure helps them understand how to secure employment and explore career pathways.

Support and Referrals

Base Camp understands that some participants may face unique barriers to their progression. Therefore, the programme offers vital assistance by referring individuals to relevant support services. This may include connecting them with the National Careers Service, where they can receive impartial careers advice tailored to their specific circumstances.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered 2 days per week, with an additional 1:1 mentoring, as required.

How to Apply

Please print and complete the Base Camp Referral Form.

The Referral Form should be returned to

*Please note that a wet signature, or virtual signature, must be provided on the form.

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