A Nafferton woman is looking forward to a bright future after testing herself to the limit and taking part in a gruelling sailing adventure.
Jenny Shaw, 24, has risen to the challenge to complete a 12-week programme for unemployed people who want to make a fresh start in life.
CatZero helps young people into employment, education or training by putting them through a range of challenges and motivational activities, culminating in an eight-day sail on board a 72ft round-the-world yacht.
Following the course, Jenny has now set her sights on a career in the security industry and is about to embark on a course to learn customer service skills.
Jenny said: “CatZero was amazing and I’m just so happy that I got the chance to take part. I now have lots more confidence and the new qualifications I obtained will look really good on my CV.
“I’m planning to do a course in customer service because I just want to learn as much as I can while the opportunities are there.”
Jenny was one of 12 young people who took part in the three-month programme sponsored by Beverley-based Deflog VQ Trust and TIR Training.
During the course, the youngsters achieved six qualifications and visited training providers, businesses and the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. The highlight was the chance to crew a 72ft Challenger yacht to the Orkney Islands.
Jenny said: “We have seen each other at rock bottom and on top of the world. We were all in it together and it felt great to be part of the team. The toughest part was the sailing. I’ve never been so ill but I’ll remember the experience and the people I’ve met for the rest of my life.”
Jenny has previously worked on building sites, restaurants, race horse stables and a bakery. She has now enrolled on a customer service course at TIR Training in Beverley.
Jenny added: “My ambition is to work in the security industry and get into close protection. It’s a well-paid job with the chance to travel the world. I just want to build a nice life for myself.”
The 12-week programme culminated with a celebration day at Deflog VQ Trust, where Jenny and her fellow participants were presented with certificates by Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart.
CatZero programme manager Pete Tighe said: “Over the past 12 weeks, their personalities have come shining through and they have grown in stature and confidence. They have all done fantastically well and the future is very bright and rosy for all of them.”
CatZero was set up five years ago after 10 young people from challenging backgrounds helped crew the Hull and Humber yacht in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The charity has helped more than 500 people into employment, education or training. It is estimated to have saved the taxpayer £14 million by helping people off benefits and into work.
Deflog VQ Trust, which is based in Riverview Road, Beverley, provides civilian qualifications to members of the Armed Forces and owns TIR Training, a leading provider of driver training, Apprenticeships and employability skills to the logistics sector.