The Hayes YMCA has teamed up with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to run a programme of training to improve employability for young people.
Anyone aged 16 to 25 can join the Get on Track programme which teaches CV and interview skills, a first aid qualification, a customer service qualification, an events stewarding qualification and team building skills.
Course tutors include world-class athletes who have experienced the highs and lows of competition, to help build self-discipline, confidence and motivation.
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 and helps to run the course in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
The Trust, set up by runner Kelly Holmes - the first British female athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m at the Athens Olympics in 2004 - says it’s mission is ‘to get lives on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower disadvantaged young people.’
Mr Bergin explained: “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.
“That can be anything from having a catch-up, to helping them prepare for interviews,” Mr Bergin said. “At the end of the six weeks they are all given a bursary of £150 which they can use to put towards anything that will get them into work.
“That can be to pay for a suit to wear to an interview, or a piece of equipment like a camera if they want to get into photography, for example.”
To find out more and get your hands on an application form, contact George Bergin on 0208 832 1583 or 07817359957, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.