Char­ity’s help kick­starts young peo­ple’s ca­reers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A char­ity which helps young­sters gain the skills needed for work has helped more than 300 peo­ple aged 16-25 find jobs or train­ing in the last year.

Ash­ford-based CXK said 87% of those who had been on its vo­ca­tional cour­ses had gone on to em­ploy­ment, train­ing or fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also of­fers the Prince’s Trust Team Pro­gramme, de­signed to help unem­ployed and vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple to gain skills and find work, ap­pren­tice­ships or re­turn to ed­u­ca­tion.

Jack Ben­ham, 22, from Can­ter­bury, even­tu­ally se­cured an ap­pren­tice­ship with Can­ter­bury Col­lege and now works in the kitchen at The Sanc­tu­ary Group’s Can­ter­bury care home.

He said: “When I started CXK’s Prince’s Trust Team Pro­gramme at 18, I was strug­gling to find a di­rec­tion.

“I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. “A cou­ple of weeks into the pro- gramme, I dis­cov­ered that I had a pas­sion for cook­ing.

“Now, at 23, I am The San­tu­ary Group’s youngest head chef in the coun­try, and man­age a team of five.

“The Prince’s Trust Team Pro­gramme was a re­ally im­por­tant first step for me in iden­ti­fy­ing what I wanted to do in my ca­reer, and help­ing me to build valu­able and rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence and con­fi­dence to move on in that field.”

To se­cure rel­e­vant work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments, CXK has de­vel­oped a net­work of part­ner­ships with Kent em­ploy­ers, in­clud­ing Eurostar, M&S and Screen South. Eurostar head of cor­po­rate & so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity Les­ley Re­tal­lack said: “CXK pro­vides es­sen­tial help and guid­ance to young peo­ple to en­sure they have the right op­por­tu­ni­ties to pur­sue their ca­reers.

“We are de­lighted to be work­ing with them on a work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment pro­gramme at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional sta­tion.”

Young peo­ple work­ing on the Prince’s Trust Team Pro­gramme with CXK

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