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South West Communications Group welcomes support for young people in Exmouth
Posted by Caroline Moore on 13/10 at 02:45 PM

South West Communications Group has welcomed a £100k initiative from The Prince’s Trust to help young people from Exmouth into work.

South West Communications Group has welcomed a £100k initiative from The Prince’s Trust to help young people from Exmouth into work.

Having raised £45k to date as a patron of the Trust, telephone systems, data centre and data networks expert South West Communications Group has helped contribute to the amount being invested in the charity’s work in East Devon.

The Prince’s Trust's regional director Rick Libbey has unveiled plans to change the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged young people at a launch event at The Royal Beacon Hotel.

It comes as around one in three young people in East Devon is struggling to find a job. The charity will now offer more of its programmes which are proven to help unemployed young people realise their potential. More than three in four young people helped by The Prince's Trust move into work or training.

Exmouth Community College has already started running a Prince's Trust course which helps 14 to 16-year-olds improve their attendance and performance. Later this year, the Trust will also run its Enterprise Programme in Exmouth, which helps unemployed young people who are interested in becoming self employed or setting up their own business.

As well as enabling the trust to run new programmes in Exmouth, the initiative will also allow more young people from the town to attend The Prince's Trust programmes in Exeter, funding their travel costs and giving them the skills and confidence to find work.

The Trust currently offers a 12-week personal development course at Exeter College and a new rugby course run in partnership with Exeter Chiefs and South West Communications Group.

Mr Libbey said: "Youth unemployment in East Devon is more than twice as high as the regional average. However, thanks to support from local businesses, we are now able to offer real opportunities to young people from Exmouth and the surrounding areas who are struggling to find work."

Harry Langley, South West Communications Group’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to see some of the money we have raised being put to good use in Exmouth. The Prince’s Trust is a charity we have long supported as part of our commitment to helping people who live in Exeter, Devon and the surrounding areas.”

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Caroline Moore on 13/10/2011

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.