Matrix equips young people for the workplace and adult life. We understand that work experience and social capital are keys to accessing meaningful employment, so we provide work experience placements for those who lack connections and skills training for those who need a confidence boost.
In the 2021 Youth Voice Census, 65% of young people felt that a lack of meaningful work experience was a barrier to finding employment. With our Work Experience Programme, we break the cycle of needing experience to get a job but needing a job to gain experience. Working closely with local schools we find work placements for those who do not have the confidence or connections to find a meaningful placement.
We pair young people with local businesses and organisations, working alongside both to ensure they are prepared to give and gain the best experience possible. Each student is met individually to help identify their passions and we then endeavour to match them with a placement within their chosen career field. Organisations who provide placements are supported to develop an interesting and meaningful plan for the students’ time with them.
Our Thrive programme equips and empowers young people to be confident in the leadership of their own lives. Every week we eat, learn and serve together, giving young people the opportunity to learn new skills, hear from inspiring local people and take part in new activities and experiences that boost their confidence.This program also provides young people with opportunities to volunteer in the Youth Café or other Matrix Projects.