A year on and Full Steam Ahead continues to assist people into employment with great results. 34 people have found jobs in a variety of sectors.

Many have enjoyed work experience at the centre, giving them the opportunity to gain confidence; work in a team and help them on the road into employment. Work experience has included working outside on the grounds; chrishousekeeping throughout the centre; working in The Engine Room, the busy café and more recently The Forge with its pop up garden centre. They are gaining skills in customer service, retail and a host of other new competencies.

Some have enjoyed external work experience opportunities at the BTO; Shadwell and Thetford Garden Centre and we thank them for giving the Full Steam Ahead participants such great learning experiences.

Full Steam Ahead continues to give 1 to 1 attention to each individual ensuring a complete bespoke service for each participant. The 1 to 1 meetings include CV writing; interview techniques; cover letters; job applications and emotional support throughout their tenure on the project and in some cases beyond.

The choices of successful employment have included retail, caring roles; receptionists; administrators; regulatory affairs; housekeeping and security. Several individuals have also had an entrepreneurial flair and set up their own businesses with Full Steam Ahead supporting them on their journey.

With the LIFT and Breckland Council funding, appropriate courses have been sought and paid for, suitable for each individual for them to achieve their goals. Courses have included food & hygiene; first aid; manual handling and CSCS certification.

Lyn and Julie continue to strive to give their very best to all the people they meet and are looking forward to the next 12 months.


Charles Burrell Centre received £43,000 from Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT), European Union funded and will support 80 individuals in Thetford and the surrounding villages over the next two years by providing training, work experience and one to one support to help them find employment.

The project named ‘Full Steam Ahead’ has also received match funding of £20,000 from Breckland Council who have pledged their support to help tackle unemployment across the region. The centre itself will also raise a further £23,000 to ensure the project is delivered successfully.


Lyn Keane: Project Manager. Has recently returned to Thetford after spending 20 years in Dubai. She was an outplacement consultant and taught English within the hospitality sector following a change in her career from a nurse at West Suffolk Hospital. She said “I enjoy working with a variety of participants across Thetford and the surrounding areas assisting them on their journey into new opportunities.” Her role is to recruit and train placements and prepare them for employment. This will include CV writing, work experience and interview practice.

Julie Smith: Project Administrator. Has spent over 15 years running her own charity across Eastern Europe, which helped to provide access to scholarships. Since moving to Thetford, she has become a regular volunteer at Thetford Foodbank and Hope Church. She described the project as “Inspirational” and said, “it will empower participants to reach their full potential.”


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