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Umemployed Youthd To Be Windsurf Intructors


10:38am 22nd June 2014

Charity offers unemployed youths chance to become windsurf instructors

The Chesil Trust needs 15 volunteers for their new work scheme

A Dorset charity is taking a novel approach to stop young people from falling into unemployment- by offering them the chance to become fully qualified sailing instructors.

The Chesil Trust, which works with young and, disadvantaged and disabled people to get them into sailing or windsurfing, are offering 15 unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 24 the chance to earn new qualifications and get themselves into jobs - if they can learn how to tell their leeches from their skegs and become windsurfing experts.

The fifteen participants will learn how to windsurf and achieve the 'Start Windsurfing' and 'Non-Planing Intermediate' qualifications. Five of the most promising candidates will then get the chance to train as fully-qualified windsurfing instructors.

Angela Gould of Synergy Housing, one of the main sponsors of the Trust's scheme, said she was 'absolutely delighted' that the group was giving its support to the project.

'Tackling unemployment issues and helping young people living locally to gain the skills they need to find work is one of our top priorities.

'This is a really exciting opportunity to achieve a nationally-recognised windsurfing qualification and take the first step in what will hopefully be long and successful careers.'

The scheme is supported by the government in Westminster, with a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Jinnie Anderson, of the Greater Wessex district branch of the DWP, spoke of how she hopes the scheme will succeed in improving the job prospects of its participants.

'Previous experience has shown that innovative programmes like these are very beneficial to young people on their journey into work.'

The Royal Yachting Association is also helping the programme, by offering training input to both the charity and the participants.

A trial scheme in 2013 with three unemployed young people worked successfully when all three found jobs as sailing instructors: one in Dorset, one in Devon, and the third as far away as Australia.

The 15 lucky participants will be selected this Thursday morning. If you are from Dorset or Hampshire and would like to attend the selection sessions call Laura Dennis on 01305 328132.

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