PET-Xi trainees bring Christmas cheer to Sheffield charities

Students on a traineeship with PET-Xi Training in Sheffield are supporting two local charities in the run up to Christmas.


The 24 teenage trainees, who are midway through a newly established programme to help them gain the skills and experience they need to get an apprenticeship or a job, have organized two festive charity events.

The first is a four-mile sponsored walk on December 11, which the trainees will do in their pyjamas or fancy dress, to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital – one of only four hospitals in England dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment. To support this event, ‘Walk this Way’ simply donate on their ‘Just Giving’ page

The second group is putting together Christmas gift boxes for HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas) which provide safe and warm day shelter for vulnerable men and women between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. The PET-Xi gift boxes are packed with all sorts of useful things including warm clothes and accessories, toiletries and sweets all donated by local businesses.

PET-Xi Training are experts in high impact motivational educational courses, and launched their traineeship programme in October to help young people aged 16-18 in Sheffield who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). By providing them with essential work preparation, support with English and maths and work experience, the company hopes to secure an apprenticeship or employment opportunity for every student on the programme.


“I’m so pleased to see how much has been achieved already as we reach the half-way point of the training,” said PET-Xi’s joint managing director Fleur Sexton. “Our trainees have had to make all this happen by coming up with ideas, writing letters, making phone calls, attending meetings and keeping to a schedule – all real life experiences which will help them in the future.


“But as well as equipping themselves with confidence and skills, our trainees have had the pleasure of making a positive difference in their community, while benefitting their chosen charities at the same time. It’s inspiring!”


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About PET-Xi

Established in 1995, PET-Xi is a national education training provider working with hundreds of schools across the UK to deliver intensive, immersive, motivational and inspirational interventions that have a positive impact on learner progress – from primary to GCSEs and beyond. Each one is carefully structured to achieve optimal learning.  PET-Xi delivers a portfolio of nationally recognised qualifications and engagement programmes. The company has highly qualified teaching and support staff who are skilled and experienced at raising aspirations and meeting both the academic and pastoral needs of young people, including those with challenging behaviour. Working with a range of key stakeholders including schools, further education colleges and local authorities in community and urban settings, PET-Xi contributes significantly to their organisational targets for retention, achievement and success of young people. In 2013-14, the company worked with almost 300 schools across the country delivering 750 programmes to over 14,500 young people.  Programmes include: GCSE HIGH-5 – a five- day booster aimed at ensuring a Grade C from a Grade D; Employability – a five- day GCSE equivalent qualification and bespoke transition programmes (with embedded English and maths) structured around enterprise. Pet-Xi has recently been awarded the nationally recognised Matrix Standard Accreditation for Information, Advice and Guidance.


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