A SUCCESSFUL taster sail, building confidence and teamwork on the back of formal qualifications already gained, was held for teenagers on one of the most recent CatZero programmes.
Running thanks to the support of J. Marr Seafoods Limited, the youngsters – all NEETS (not in education, employment or training), were taking part in the sail as part of their 12-week programme.
Organised on Week Eight, the 16 to 19-year-olds had by that stage already undertaken four out of six qualifications while also building rafts at Welton Waters, climbing rock faces at Rock City and experiencing many other challenges along the way.
Of course, not all the challenges have been physical as individuals have been developing skills as part of their individual action plans, alongside developing practical skills, such as cooking a healthy meal for the first time.
Programme leader, Pete Tighe, explained how the participants had also been ‘suited and booted’ for mock interviews at the Barclays Bank offices at Hull’s Humber Quays. Staff from J. Marr Seafoods had given up their time to be on the interview panel.
“We are always grateful for this kind of participation, which gives those in attendance a great experience,” said Pete.
He added: “Meanwhile, the taster sail saw those able to attend have an amazing evening on the Humber and all did very well.”
The taster sail was an excellent preparation for the main sailing challenge, which was due to depart from Hull at the end of their programme.