Olympian gets youths on track
Dame helps young people find work
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. email@example.com for more information.
n INSPIRATION: Dame Kelly Holmes Photo by Joe Bailey