Domus Work & Learn Centre, United States of America

As a major employer in Stamford, Trafigura supports marginalised youth in the community through the Domus Work & Learn Centre.

The Trafigura Work & Learn Centre in Stamford was designed to help young people between 14 and 25 successfully move on from high school to skilled jobs, college or vocational studies. The programme targets young people who have experienced social and emotional trauma or struggled academically as well as those at risk of homelessness and involvement in criminal activity.

Participants are taught skills which, to a large extent, they suggest themselves, from bicycle and small engine repair to wood working or food preparation. They take home a pay check at the end of the month and are ultimately able to regain hope and confidence in themselves and in their futures.

Youths are provided with real work experience through working in one of five Domus based businesses (bicycle shop, small engine repair, woodwork/remodelling, food preparation, pasta making). The model was developed to marry the acquisition of hard skills that employers desire with the soft skills that these vulnerable youths were not learning at home or in school.

 

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