The Cathedral has provided a two week work placement for participants taking part in a 12- week team programme organised by The Prince’s Trust and CXK – a local charitable organisation that delivers a range of services across Kent to support young people and families and help them to maximise their potential.
The programme is designed to give unemployed 16 to 25 year-olds the skills and confidence to find a job. During the 12 weeks, participants get involved in team building activities, a week-long residential trip, a community project and two weeks of work experience. They also receive advice on how to write CVs and gain nationally recognised qualifications, such as the World Host customer service training offered by the Cathedral. The course has proved a great success in the county but surprisingly, this is the first time it has taken place within in the city walls of Canterbury.
The 10 Canterbury participants rolled up their sleeves to make a difference to their local community by decorating three communal areas of the Catching Lives community shelter. As a group they worked together to raise the funds for these redecorations through sponsorship and fundraising. The Cathedral painters and decorators provided professional advice about quantity and technique. Following on from the project’s successful completion, the participants were tasked in sourcing and securing two weeks work experience. The Cathedral was delighted to be able to offer four of them work placements in the Archives; the Lodge; the Shop and with the stonemasons.
The team at CXK were “blown away” by the support offered by the Cathedral and Cathedral staff helped participants with mock interviews and CV writing workshops.
I have enjoyed enormously being involved with the Prince’s Trust and CXK. I have got to know the students well and have seen them develop in confidence over the past few weeks. I feel sure that the skills they have developed during the programme will lead them on to bright and successful futures. It has been a most rewarding experience for me and my colleagues who have been involved and the Cathedral looks forward to participating in the next scheme.
Human Resources Manager Alison Brookman
We have enjoyed being involved with the Prince’s Trust and CXK. The masons had great fun hosting Chris Neild on his work placement and the final presentation made by all the students was humorous, moving and life-affirming. I would be keen to be involved in the scheme again.
Head of Conservation and Masonry Heather Newton
Three in four young people on schemes run by the Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust will help 55,000 disadvantaged young people this year, and give them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around.
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‘Praise be as cathedral offers valuable work experience spots’ – Your Canterbury (04/03/2014)