We are facing a dilemma. Seeing how well our two youths have performed at university makes us wish we could send more deserving youths to pursue degrees. We currently have a youth skills programme at CRK which involves a mixture of vocational training and apprenticeship placement leading to a bespoke certificate. We have found this to be a great way to enable a large number of participants to receive skills training and to get a foot on the employment or self-employment ladder at a far lower cost than funding several years of university fees in addition to transport, housing, food allowance etc. The cost of a four year degree course for one individual could fund many more youths in a vocational training scheme.
So, we really have had no choice, despite the positive outcome we are seeing with Abel and Jacob, but to look at the majority scenario and put our efforts into shorter courses locally. However, we look at each case on merit and if we are faced with an A student who we believe has what it takes, we will be on here again asking for help in putting them through university but, sadly, they will have to be exceptional.
Thank you for your support for Abel and Jacob, both of whom are still doing us proud.
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