Matrix, together with Foodwise, employs young people aged 16-24 in our cafes and kitchens on the govt. apprentice scheme. An apprenticeship is a 12 month, full-time role with 80% of your time developing essential skills in the workplace and 20% studying. Matrix offers that little bit extra by providing a personal development plan and a 1-2-1 mentor to each apprentice for the duration of your employment.
An apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience, build confidence and support young people who learn by doing. Matrix/Foodwise also employ young people under the Traineeship and Kick Start programs. Contact [email protected] for more information.
In a 2020 survey 29% of young people felt a lack of meaningful work experience was a barrier to finding employment. With our work experience programme, we are trying to break the cycle of needing experience to get a job but needing a job to gain experience. We work closely with local schools to support their work experience programmes as well as pairing eligible young people with local businesses and organisations. We endeavour to match students with their passions and where possible find placements within their chosen career field.
Our theory of change puts young people at the centre of all we do – this is why we listen to young people in every project and why we go to where young people are, in schools and in their community. We take a relational approach to all our work and prioritise building long -term connections with young people, through quality, fun, innovative and accessible opportunities.
Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a starting point, we identified 4 key strands to our model that are essential to enable young people to achieve their potential. All of our engagement with young people, starts with them and ensures that they are nurtured, inspired, connected and empowered so they can make the most of their life.
The Matrix Trust, Allen House Pavilion, Eastgate Gardens, Guildford, GU1 4AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 574900