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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 26th June 2018

Assisting Local Young Unemployed

Kent charity, CXK, is recruiting for its next Elevate programme in Canterbury, which has been designed to help unemployed young people from East Kent to build confidence, develop core skills, and find work.

The initiative is for 16-24 year olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and do not hold English and/or maths at GCSE Level 4 or above. The 12-week programme, which is completely free of charge, begins on 8th May and is open to anyone in the Canterbury and surrounding areas.

Participants benefit from a personal development programme designed to help them improve their confidence and develop their English and maths skills, as well as benefitting from work placements relevant to their career aspirations.

Supported by a dedicated tutor, the participating young people work on their interview, presentation and job application skills. They are supported to develop their English and maths functional skills, bolster their IT and customer service skills, and focus heavily on personal development and confidence building. In addition, they benefit from individual work placements tailored to their career field of interest. CXK works with a large network of local employers to support this element of the programme.

Having completed the scheme, the participants will gain English and maths functional skills qualifications, as well as a skills certificate.

Kellie Major, Assistant Director of Training and Development at CXK, said: “The programme enables young people to boost their skills, build confidence and get in the best position possible to find work.”

• For more information, visit the website www.cxk.org 

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