The Coronavirus pandemic raised a number of challenges to C&K Careers, a company that normally offers support and advice in schools, colleges and community venues to young people across Calderdale and Kirklees.
The need of support for young people to reach successful destinations in learning, training or work remained and perhaps increased due to the pandemic with schools closing, exams being cancelled, furloughing of apprentices, employers slowing down the recruitment of new staff and the general wellbeing of young people dealing with the situations they now face.
Realising the situation would be create a lot of anxiety for young people and knowing it was crucial to continue to support them, C&K Careers set up a new service.Implemented within the first week of lockdown the new Chat service connects young people (13-24) or their parents to careers and employment specialists, offering advice, guidance and a listening ear.In the first few weeks of operating they have helped people with employment opportunities, future options, how to get into certain job roles and more.Chat is complemented by the Recruitline apprenticeship and job vacancy website, advertising opportunities in the local area that young people may want to progress to after school or college.
Delighted with the quick response to the situation, CEO of C&K Careers, Martin Green said
“In these difficult and challenging times it is absolutely crucial that we increase our efforts to get support to those who need it most. Unfortunately, young people will experience the biggest impact of all arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to the disruption to their learning and qualifications – a lack of employment opportunities in the future will mean that many young people struggle to make the start to their working lives that they should. Without concerted effort from all this pandemic period will have a lasting, negative impact upon a significant cohort of young people.
C&K Careers is working throughout the pandemic with partners, employers, parents and young people to create their positive futures. We are determined to ensure that no young person faces long-term disadvantage. We continue to support all young people in the Schools, Colleges and communities where we work and are extending our support to anybody who want to access our support through digital means. We are also working with partners to make the case for labour market programmes which will enable employers to create employment opportunities in the future which support young people into careers which would otherwise not exist”.
Chat can be accessed on the phone, via email and via Facebook Messenger and is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or 9am to 8pm on a Thursday.01484 213856, firstname.lastname@example.org or @ckcareers. https://ckcareersonline.org.uk/
To advertise vacancies, exhibit at an opportunity event or for help setting up apprenticeships our Employer Engagement team can be contacted 01484 242000, email@example.com or companies can post vacancies directly to https://ckcareersonline.org.uk/recruitline