Youngsters on CatZero programme cook up new skills
JOB-SEEKING youngsters cooked up a storm to boost employment prospects.
Eleven people on the groundbreaking CatZero programme became cafe owners for the day to improve their skills.
They devised menus and priced items, and then cooked and delivered the dishes to guests – including the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton – at the project's south bank base in Heneage Road, Grimsby.
The youngsters, who have been referred through the Job Centre Plus, are half-way through a 10-week programme, which is designed to boost the self-esteem, skills and employability of out-of-work people aged 16 to 24.
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During the course, as reported, they will gain new qualifications in food safety, manual handling and handling hazardous substances, undertake activities at sports clubs and take part in a Dragons Den-style presentation with local businesspeople.
The programme culminates in a sailing trip aboard a 72ft yacht on the Humber, where participants will get to put their newfound leadership skills to good use.
Sean Cahill, programme manager for CatZero on the south bank, said: "Today is all about making the young people realise they are capable of starting a business.
"It is also a great chance for them to network with local businesses.
"Some have a view of unemployed people as not being engaged or motivated, but by coming here they can see this is definitely not the case."
Michael Crammer, 24, of Grimsby, said: "I have been out of work for seven or eight months. After three or four months of not getting anything it can get you down. Coming on CatZero has got me motivated again."
Tai Wass, 21, of Grimsby, said: "Before I started this course I wasn't a confident person, but now I'm much more confident. It will also improve my CV."
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The Grimsby Telegraph has covered the CatZero project extensively. To read past stories, visit www. thisis grimsby.co.uk and click on this article.
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