CatZero scheme sees six get jobs and two set up own firm
A LIFE-CHANGING training scheme for jobless young people has seen six get jobs and two set up their own business.
In just ten weeks, 14 people aged between 16 and 24 have graduated from the inspirational CatZero programme with outcomes which have exceeded expectations.
The initiative – which is being launched in Immingham this month due to its success – has seen the participants gain employment, enrol in further education or set up their own business, while others are awaiting the results of job interviews.
It has been hailed as the best course the team behind CatZero has ever run.
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As reported, CatZero, which is funded by JobCentre Plus, came to Grimsby in July after helping 288 young people gain employment or go on to training in Hull.
It involves gaining qualifications, team building and sex and drug awareness, as well as sailing on the 72ft ocean racing yacht the course is named after.
The Grimsby Telegraph followed it closely, reporting on each step the participants took towards a brighter future.
In all, six have gained employment, three are starting college, two are setting up their own business, two are waiting on interview outcomes and one is looking for other opportunities.
Twenty-year-old Nikki Woodhead is delighted she has a job as a shop assistant.
“I now work at Sainsbury’s on the food preparation counter and it is brilliant,” she said.
“The course gave me the confidence for the interview. It is inspiring.”
Programme manager Sean Cahill said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone.
“The course has been an incredible success and all the young people are a real credit to Grimsby.
“I realised at the start that we had something exceptional here.
“Each programme is different because of the people and the needs of the area.
“It is all about moving people on in their lives and that is what we have done.
“This is one of the best we have ever run.”