Olympian gets youths on track

Dame helps young peo­ple find work

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YMCA has teamed up with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to run a pro­gramme of train­ing to im­prove young peo­ple’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Any­one aged 16 to 25 can join the Get On Track pro­gramme, which teaches CV and in­ter­view skills, team build­ing skills, events stew­ard­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, first aid and cus­tomer ser­vice qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Course tu­tors in­clude world-class ath­letes who have ex­pe­ri­enced the highs and lows of world class com­pe­ti­tion, who help build up the self-dis­ci­pline, con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion of young peo­ple.

Some young peo­ple have been re­ferred to the course through Job­Cen­tre Plus, in Uxbridge Road, Hayes, and Eal­ing Job­Cen­tre, in west Eal­ing.

George Ber­gin works for West London YMCA, in Sta­tion Ap­proach, Hayes, and helps to run the course in part­ner­ship with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, set up by the first Bri­tish fe­male ath­lete to win both the 800m and 1500m at the Olympics (Athens 2004).

Mr Ber­gin said: “We work with ex-Olympic ath­letes, and a group of young peo­ple, to teach them skills.

“Ev­ery­one comes away with a qual­i­fi­ca­tion and of the 17 young peo­ple that took part last year, 15 are now in full-time em­ploy­ment.”

The course runs for six weeks be­gin­ning on Septem­ber 17. After that, each of the young peo­ple in­volved are given support by their coaches for the next 12 months.

Oth­ers can fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion form avail­able from the YMCA or by con­tact­ing Mr Ber­gin on 020 8832 1583 or 07817 359 957, or email george. ber­gin@lon­donymca.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

n IN­SPI­RA­TION: Dame Kelly Holmes Photo by Joe Bai­ley

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