Char­ity helps 5,000 im­prove their skills

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

HIGH school pupils and col­lege stu­dents from Macclesfield are among more than 5,000 young peo­ple across Cheshire look­ing for­ward to a brighter fu­ture af­ter ben­e­fit­ing from em­ploy­a­bil­ity and life skills train­ing pro­vided by char­ity Youth Fed.

The train­ing pro­gramme has been hailed a huge suc­cess af­ter pro­vid­ing a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ses­sions on CV writ­ing, in­ter­view tech­niques and raising as­pi­ra­tions.

Run­ning through­out 2015, the ini­tia­tive worked to mo­ti­vate young peo­ple into striv­ing harder, im­prov­ing their CVs and fo­cus­ing their ef­forts on be­com­ing more em­ploy­able to se­cure a bet­ter wage and a more pros­per­ous fu­ture.

One such group to ben­e­fit was the Macclesfield Pledge, an ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing busi­nesses in Macclesfield work­ing to­gether with the aim of pro­vid­ing ev­ery young per­son liv­ing, study­ing or work­ing in the town with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop em­ploy­a­bil­ity re­lated skills and per­sonal qual­i­ties.

Trevor Langston, of South Cheshire Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Ltd, said: “Youth Fed is a key part­ner in our work with the Pledge and has been in­stru­men­tal in its pi­lot work in­clud­ing de­liv­er­ing ses­sions with stu­dents from three of our part­ner schools and two sixth form col­leges.

“The ses­sions have al­ways re­ceived ex­cel­lent feed­back from the stu­dents and have cre­ated a great foun­da­tion for the start of the Macclesfield Pledge Em­ploy­ment Readi­ness and Ex­plore Pro­grammes.”

Youth Fed pro­vides sup­port to a large network of youth groups across Cheshire and Wir­ral.

Kate Glover-Jones from Youth Fed said: “While groups as­so­ci­ated with Youth Fed ben­e­fited from this pro­gramme, we were also able to work with new groups and de­velop re­la­tion­ships with them while pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with valu­able life and work skills.

“Youth Fed de­liv­ered em­ploy­a­bil­ity ses­sions to 5,222 young peo­ple and we are de­lighted with its suc­cess and the pos­i­tive feed­back we’ve re­ceived.”

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