Coulsdon College students Chaneille Gaynor and Angelique Rodrigues are very active members of Croydon Citizens. Both girls, who are Upper Sixth students at the College, were critical to the official launch of First Step Croydon this week.

Opening the proceedings, Chaneille explained that the vision of First Step Croydon is that every young person in Croydon has the opportunities they need to develop their skills and experience and get a good job. She said, “Croydon’s regeneration is going from strength to strength and we need to make sure that local young people get the opportunity to take advantage of Croydon’s booming economy.”

Angelique explained the importance of bridging the gap between education and employment by creating viable work experience opportunities for young people. She welcomed Leader of the Council Cllr Tony Newman and Cllr Audsley, deputy cabinet member for Economic Development and jobs, who expressed their commitment to this cause.

The campaign aims to engage at least 200 young people in employability training in its first year with high quality work experience placements. Businesses will benefit from recruitment and PR opportunities as well as the chance to have real impact on youth employability in Croydon.

Chaneille, who is studying for an Extended BTEC Diploma in Business Studies and an additional BTEC in Law said, “I really enjoy being part of Croydon Citizens and I’m grateful Coulsdon College has given me this opportunity to gain the experience of presenting to people from all walks of life. I’m very passionate about this cause and hope that First Step can make a real difference.”

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