FROM catering to sports studies: the successful participants on the 2018 MARR Programme have ambitious plans for the future.
The young people, all formerly NEETS (not in education, employment or training), attended their celebration event recently, where funders, trustees, family and friends heard their moving and inspirational stories.
Supported by J. Marr (Seafoods) Ltd and Andrew Marr International Ltd, representatives from the company were there to congratulate the young people, and they spoke of their pride at what had been achieved:
Helen Carr, Export Administrator from J. MARR, who had also taken an active part in the programme, addressed the event, saying: “It has been inspiring to here you speak, and the fact that you all successfully completed the programme is a tribute to the hard work of CatZero and on behalf of all at Marr, we wish you every success in your futures.”
The audience heard how the group, between them, had taken more than 50 qualifications over the 12-week programme, along with undertaking cookery days, completing individual action plans, team-building, CV writing and mock interviews.
Meanwhile their sail had taken them 655 nautical miles from Hull to the Isle of White – with a stop in Bournemouth.
Successful participant Will Wilson, 19, has secured a place on the Level 2 Sports and Outdoor Activity Course at York’s Askham Bryan College.
He said: “Yes, I have had problems in the past, but the important thing is that I am moving on – I do not regret the things I have not done, but look forward to what I am going to do now. I would love to go to America to work and the college course is my first step towards that.”
Programme manager, Pete Tighe, said: “What a great team these young people have been, with some great stories to tell. Of course, this is not the end of their journey with us as our dedicated follow-on team will be assisting them in the next stage of their lives. We wish them all the very best.”