CXK is a south-east charity which delivers services and programmes to help individuals progress into education, employment or training.
The organisation, originally a careers service for young people named Connexions., was founded in 2002, and registered with the Charity Commission in 2007. In 2011 it began to deliver the Prince’s Trust Team programme, then mental health service Young Healthy Minds in 2012.
In 2012 the charity rebranded as CXK, and merged with Kent Children’s Fund Network (KCFN).
In 2014 CXK started delivering Talent Match - a mentoring programme to help long-term unemployed young adults in Medway, Swale, Thanet and Dover to find work.
In 2015 the charity began to deliver the National Citizen Service, National Careers Service, and young people’s study programme, Elevate.
In 2016 the charity launched its NEET Support Service, then the Skills Enhancement Programme in 2017.
In 2018 the charity secured a new contract to deliver the National Careers Service across the south-east region
Staff and Leadership
CXK employs 130 staff, 18 volunteers and 14 trustees.
Dick Fedorcio is the charity’s current chair of the board of trustees. Elected in 2013, he took over as chair in 2017.
Pauline Smith is the charity’s current CEO, having taken the position in November 2016.
The charity supports more than 50,000 people each year through its services. Those services include the National Careers Service, Prince’s Trust Team programme and support for young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training).
The charity provides services and programme to support young people and adults to move into education, employment or training. Its services include:
- Careers information, advice and guidance services for adults and young people - including the National Careers Service.
- Emotional wellbeing services.
- Training and mentoring programmes. CXK’s training and mentoring programmes are aimed at helping unemployed young people to find work, education or training opportunities. The programmes, including the Prince’s Trust Team programme, NEET Support Service, Skills Enhancement Programme and Launch Pad, helped more than 300 people aged 16-25 find a job in 2017.
The National Careers Service
In October 2018 CXK secured a new 3 year contract for delivering the National Careers Service across Kent, Medway, East Sussex, West Sussex, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. The service provides careers information, advice and guidance to help young people and adults aged 13+ to make decisions on learning, training and work.
The Prince's Trust Team Programme
CXK began delivering the Prince’s Trust Team programme across Kent in 2011, and since then 1,200 young people have completed the programme. The charity currently delivers the programme in Dartford, Sittingbourne and Ashford.
The charity works with a network of local employers to provide local youth with work experience placements. Those employers include Eurostar and Marks & Spencer. 
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