Kent Charity CXK Appeals To Local Businesses To Support The Skills Development Of Local Young People

27th March 2018
Paul Brooks

Ashford-based charity CXK is appealing for Kent Businesses to support the charity in increasing the skills development and work-readiness of local young people.

The appeal follows the publishing of the charity’s annual Impact Report, which celebrates the positive impact the charity’s services have made on the lives of more than 50,000 adults and young people across the south-east in the past year.

CXK provides a range of services to help individuals across the south-east to build the information, skills and confidence to make the most of education, employment and training opportunities. Through programmes such as its Prince’s Trust Team and Talent Match programmes, the charity provides 1:1 mentoring, skills workshops, training and work experience opportunities to increase the life chances of local youth.

The primary focus of many of CXK’s programmes is to support young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), many of whom are disadvantaged and furthest from the job market; and the charity aims to grow its network of employer partnerships bolster that support.

Pauline Smith, CEO at CXK, said; “At CXK, we’re looking for local employers to partner with to help us inspire the next generation’s workforce and to help them progress in to work.

“We want to develop relationships with new employers, to increase the opportunities we can provide though initiatives such as mentoring, work placements and employment. Working together we can really make great strides in increasing opportunities and changing lives.”

CXK worked with almost 1,700 NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people in the past year, the majority of whom were disadvantaged and furthest from the job market; with a high proportion going on to secure a job, or an education or training opportunity.

Furthermore, the charity provided careers advice and guidance to 20,000 students, and 23,500 adults; and its extensive work in prisons saw the charity deliver 9,000 interventions to those in custody, and collaborate with its network of employer partners to deliver 18 prison-based employment fairs, with 174 job offers generated as a result.

CXK, is looking for local employers who can provide the following support:

  • Provide work experience opportunities
  • Work with the charity to fill apprenticeship or traineeship positions
  • Offer workplace visits
  • Provide mock interviews
  • Speak at a local school or college, or at a careers event
  • Offer additional training to improve future employability

To find out more and to discuss how you can support CXK and your local community as an employer, please contact John Vinson: 01233 224244;

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