Steering young people off benefits

Change Direction is a six-week part-residential programme for young people living on benefits.

We created this groundbreaking programme, which is supported by JobCentre Plus, to steer young people off benefits through maritime experiences. Still in its early days, the programme has already enjoyed huge success with 85% of participants moving off the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) register.

The programme gives participants a whole range of on-water experiences, establishes a healthy routine, offers them work experience with local maritime businesses and raises their aspirations and self-belief.

Participants also gain different maritime qualifications, complete a CV and often overcome some of the barriers preventing them from gaining employment.

Mentoring, one-to-one help and careers guidance from our in-house industry experts all add value to the experience.