energising futures

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Who we are

For young people, making headway in life is not always straightforward. Sometimes they settle for second best because they think they are not good enough, they are too young, don’t have enough money or don’t know what to do. This lack of direction and belief in themselves can lead to feelings of anger and even poor mental and physical health.

Chris Trudgian, CEO of Zest Recruitment, set up the Zest Foundation to provide career and business opportunities to disadvantaged young people and give them a renewed Zest for life! Chris was lucky enough to be afforded a similar opportunity as a youth so he set up the Zest Foundation to be a vital force for good. The foundation has already helped lots of young people and will hopefully continue to do so

What we are doing?

As a not for profit social enterprise, the Zest Foundation is dedicated to energising young people’s futures and providing opportunities and training in the key areas of employment, business careers and life.

We are based in Bristol and work with a select group of young adults, aged 18 to 25, who are ready to step up. Through fun and informal sessions, either one to one or group workshops, our team is on hand to guide them through simple processes used by some of the most successful business people and sports personalities in the world. Believe it or not, at some stage almost everyone has experienced similar breakdowns, blockages and frustrations in both personal life and their career.

Zest Employment

By introducing specialist coaches we can provide young people with the highest levels of training and mentoring to get on the career ladder. This includes how to present themselves both on paper and in person to maximise their chances of successful long-term employment.

Zest Business

The foundation will support young people to build businesses and pursue an entrepreneurial path. This includes training and mentoring in all aspects of business start-up and development, as well as the provision of seed capital to kick start fledgling ventures.

Zest Life

Young people need to be equipped with the highest standards of leadership and self-development tools. The Zest Foundation allows them to vastly increase their impact in the world, whether they choose to become an employee or an entrepreneur.

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Zest Leadership
Summit Programme

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Zest Coaching &
Mentoring Programmes

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Zest Employment

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Zest Apprenticeship

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Supporting the Harry Singha Foundation and HSF YLS:

As well as producing its own programmes, Zest Foundation supports and sponsors the Harry Singha Foundation. The HSF runs three day Youth Leadership Summits for 13 to 17 year olds, allowing them to experience life-changing and world-class training, interactive presentations and outdoor activities, fun, friendships, and the opportunity to build confidence and make connections.

  • I am extremely shy around people I don’t know and I HATE speaking in front of people yet my team encouraged me so much that I managed to speak on stage and I am unbelievably grateful for that.
  • There isn’t a day I don’t think about this experience, I can achieve anything.
  • I truly believe that without YLS I would not have realised my true potential and I would not have realised my goals and how to reach them. The YLS has by far been the most inspirational week of my life. I have learnt to truly laugh, love, hug, learn and inspire others.

Contact Us

The Foundation Team are currently working with young adults who are ready to make changes and learn the techniques and tools to step up. Please give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to get involved. We welcome support from individuals and businesses who want to help us help others. Please email Chris at chris@zestfoundation.co.uk if you’d like to find out more.