Young unemployed DCH residents from Plymouth are being invited to take part in a ground breaking engagement programme, delivered on behalf of DCH by Isle of Wight Youth Charity UKSA. DCH are funding the course, which begins with a number of selection events around Plymouth on The 11th, 12th and 13th April. For those interested and successfully selected the four-week course will combine on-water experiences with work experience in the local community as well as a one-week residential course at UKSA’s base on the Isle of Wight.

UKSA will be engaging with their contacts within the maritime industry to arrange visits and possible work experience but are also keen to engage with any local employers that are interested in offering their support.

The team will be at Plymouth Foyer on Monday 11th, Cannon Street, Devonport on Tuesday 12th and Tamar View Barne Barton on Wednesday 13th April and encourage DCH residents aged 18-24 to come along and find out more.

This is the first time UKSA will be delivering the programme in the West of England, following successful courses along the South Coast, Kent and Essex. As a youth charity, UKSA don’t just provide qualifications but life-changing and life-enhancing opportunities. UKSA has an impressive track record delivering to young people who are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed, who are in need of support, guidance and professional direction. Their courses use sailing and watersports to develop both life and work skills for 18-24 year olds and have a 48% success rate at getting participants in to employment.

Former participants of the course have found the healthy routine and positive environment of UKSA raises their aspirations, increases confidence and motivates them and gives them qualifications to enable them to seek work. In addition, one-to-one mentoring and support and careers guidance is offered to all participants as part of the programme.

Simon Davies, Director of Youth Development, commented: “What we do is pretty special and unique; using water as the catalyst for change. The course has proved pivotal in the world of youth development where 48% of programme participants have found employment following the course. It is of huge importance to break down the barriers that appear to exist between young people and employment, and we welcome the chance to help as many people as we can to do just that.”

Paul Marshal, DCH Director of Community Engagement, said “DCH is committed to making sure that we create opportunities for our residents to achieve and aspire, increasing the likelihood that they can get and sustain work. We’re always looking at how we can use local assets to help this and this sometimes creates really exciting projects. Some of our greatest assets in the South West are our connection and access to water and our strong maritime heritage, this project with UKSA really taps into that, using it to build the confidence and skills that will help young people to get into work and build careers.”

For Further information on the course, please contact Jade Beasley on 01983 294941 ([email protected])

Any local businesses able to offer work tours or work experience can contact Michelle Moorman on 01983 294941 (michell[email protected])