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KC joins forces with local charity for once in a life time opportunity
What comes to mind when you think of team building days? Building rafts from oil drums, paintballing and a whole range of trust exercises that usually involve catching someone as they fall.
But not all team building days are as predictable, as a team of nine KC employees found out when they took part in a once in a lifetime opportunity with Hull based sailing charity, CatZero.
CatZero is a not for profit organisation which delivers innovative youth development training in Hull and East Yorkshire. The young people who take part are NEET’s, not in employment, education or training and need help to make progress towards the world of work. The charity does this through challenging educational and personal development programmes which use sailing as a focal point.
As well as delivering a motivational programme to young people, the CatZero team have also developed a Corporate Challenge and Development programme, which includes team building opportunities.
KC’s Director of Business Gary Young, was part of the KC team who took part in the challenge. He said: “We asked our Learning and Development Team if they could find us a team building opportunity, and they offered us the fantastic experience with the CatZero team. We have some new team members, and we wanted to build stronger relationships within the team and include cross functional members such as HR.
“The majority of the crew had never set foot on a dinghy before, let alone a 72ft sailing yacht. I can speak for everyone when I say that the experience, personally and as a team, was one that we will all remember for a very long time,. I would highly recommend the experience to other businesses. Not only is it a brilliant team build opportunity, but you're also supporting a worthwhile charity at the same time.“
Danny Watson, Skipper of the CatZero yacht, which is used in both the training of the young people and the team building, said: “The KC team were brilliant - they really got stuck in and took on all the challenges the day threw at them.
“Our team building experiences, which range from a few hours to a whole day, have been running for a couple of years now. Each team that takes part in one comes back with a more positive attitude. A business not only gets a once in a lifetime opportunity for its people, but they help a local charity at the same time, so it’s a win-win for both parties.”
To find out more about the team building opportunities available through Cat Zero, please call Danny Watson on (01482) 333303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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