On 7 July, Catch22 young people bid for £2,000 to set up a new portable appliance testing social enterprise in Kent.
If successful the funding, from 'You Decide' Folkestone West funding competition, will enable young people to access equipment and further training to set up a new social enterprise.
Andrew Rist, Catch22 Kent Learning and Employability course leader said:
'This is a really exciting opportunity for our young people and I urge colleagues, friends, supporters and partners of Catch22 to lend their support to this enterprise.'
Catch22 believes that enterprise and social entrepreneurship offers pathways for young people to enjoy a career, make a living and to positively contribute to our society. The Learning and Employability team in Kent continuously encourage young people to sample enterprise and social entrepreneurship. For example its chocolate-making social enterprise project in Folkestone, which led to 15 young people achieving qualifications, gaining business skills and increasing their confidence.
The team in Kent want to create a social enterprise offering young people the chance to apply for apprenticeships within the company and elsewhere and to run their own self-sustaining business. If you are interested in finding out more or supporting this enterprise, please contact Andrew Rist.
Learning and employability at Catch22
Youth unemployment continues to remain a pressing social challenge for the UK.
Catch22 welcome programmes like the Youth Contract and new initiatives such as the DWP Innovation Fund, along with the Government’s commitment to investing in more apprenticeship opportunities for young people aged 16 to 24-years-old.
Catch22 delivers pre-apprenticeship programmes and is an apprenticeship provider for the Skills Funding Agency.
Catch22 is a Foundation Learning provider for the Education Funding Agency. Read a case study about one of our Foundation Learning projects.
As part of Catch22’s commitment to social enterprise, it has established Auto22, a car servicing and repair business based in Kent. Auto22 have achieved the Social Enterprise Kitemark.
To find out more about Catch22's learning and employability work please contact BD@catch-22.org.uk