Xplode Magazine is more than a magazine; it is a quarterly programme of skills development training, industry insight workshops, a youth-led social action project and citizen journalism which concludes with a printed magazine. This is the vehicle to increase the employability skills of young people while simultaneously showcasing their talent. The programme, devised in partnership with corporates such as ASDA, Cineworld, O2, PwC, the CIPD and The Co-Operative, focuses on the key skills needed for employment as defined by the CBI. Young people experience elements of job interviews, CV structuring and group interviews in our sessions and they’re even faced with challenges allowing them to apply learnt information in real-life situations. The increased competition in the labour market means that the spotlight is on the skills and aptitudes beyond outstanding results.