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Under 25? Train as a lifeguard or surf coach for free!


If you want to make waves by finding a job and getting future work in the surf industry then you need look no further than the innovative Cross Step project, which is now recruiting surf hungry individuals for its new wave starting in March 2010. Specially designed for young people who are not in education or employment (NEETs), the exciting four week scheme gives young people from across Cornwall the opportunity to gain new qualifications in surf coaching and lifeguarding at no cost to themselves. After the successful Cross Step pilot scheme in summer 2009, the new programme will begin in the spring with graduates ready to take up jobs in the 2010 summer surf season.
The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) has been working with Chris Thomson, Managing Director of Errant Surf Holidays and Cornwall Business Awards’ Young Business Person of the Year 2009, to set up Cross Step. Based on the success of other similar vocational schemes such as Fifteen Cornwall and RIO’s Xtra-Vert, Cross Step is a fresh project aimed at giving young Cornish people a new and accessible way to improve themselves and help get them into jobs, courses or apprenticeships.
Through practical and theory sessions, one on one training and plenty of water time, The ‘Cross Steppers’  graduate with a NARS Beach Lifeguard Award and a British Surfing Association (BSA) Award, as well as work experience and further surf coach training. On top of that, the recruits have the chance to grow marketing and presentation skills, develop their CVs and build industry contacts; fully equipping them to forge bright futures in the world of water sports.
The first ever group of Cross Step graduates were put through their paces by Chris and his team at Errant Surf Holidays during the summer 2009 season. Thomas Jarman, aged 24, Naomi Jane Webb, aged 23, both from Falmouth and Mitch Corbett, aged 22, from Newquay, graduated with qualifications that now allow them to work anywhere in the world as surf instructors and lifeguards.  Naomi has gone on to secure a position at Falmouth Surf School and Thomas is keen to get into surf coaching and lifeguarding abroad. Mitch meanwhile is going on to be an ambassador for RIO, helping to spread the word about the organisation. In return RIO has agreed to sponsor him in surf contests over the next year.
Mitch Corbett says of the Cross Step scheme, “I am really stoked to be going on to be an ambassador for RIO as they do such great work with young people. Because of Cross Step I now have qualifications that can help me get a job and compete in surf competitions all over the world. It’s a real bonus to have proper qualifications in something I enjoy doing.”
Jodi Redgrove, founder and Project Manager Cross Step says, “We’ve had such a good outcome from the pilot Cross Step scheme because we’ve been able to tap into something that is not only relevant and exciting for young people but is also sustainable and useful. We’re hoping to build on this success and get even more young people trained up for 2010.”
The next Cross Step course starts in March and is open to all young people across Cornwall and will take place in Newquay. The deadline   to apply for the first course of the year is 15 February and to qualify you must be aged 16-25, unemployed and not in education.
If you are interested in finding out more about the next round of Cross Step, get in touch at hannah.barattini@realideas.org.
For more information about Cross Step please visit www.realideas.org/real/work/cross-step.

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