Can you help us to get young people Back on Track? We have two opportunities for business and their employees to help young people facing disadvantage.

We are looking for organisations that can offer work experience in South East London and also individuals who can act as Business Mentors in London & Bradford.

Work Experience

We are launching a new transformational programme for young people facing disadvantage in London. Funded by the Greater London Authority and European Social Fund starting September 2017, the programme will run for three years. Getting Back on Track is a unique collaboration between Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Vi-Ability and FE Colleges; London South East Colleges, Lewisham Southwark College and Shooters Hill.
Getting Back on Track is designed to re-engage young people who have recently dropped out of level 2 and 3 college courses. It is based on our flagship ‘Get on Track’ programme and Vi-Ability’s award-winning Run the Club programme, which delivers community-based character education sessions, run by our team of world-class Athlete Mentors and Vi-Ability’s trainers.

How will it work?
Each Getting Back on Track programme will run for ten weeks. During the first four weeks, young people will participate in a variety of workshops and accredited sessions designed to increase five key attitudes that are crucial to workplace success; Focus, Resilience, Motivation, Confidence and Determination.
During the fifth week, we will invite employers to take part in our employability networking event, where young people will have the chance to hear about businesses and the opportunities available both for work experience and beyond, and employers can meet the young people to understand their motivations and interests.

How can you help?
We are looking for a wide range of local and regional employers to support Getting Back on Track by providing work experience placements in or near Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark, and also identify what entry-level opportunities might be on offer when young people have finished their placement. The work experience will cover the final four weeks of the programme.

Your commitment
We need local employers to commit to the following:

  • Attend a meet the employer/employee networking session
  • Provide two work experience placements* per year that are within travelling distance of Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley, Lewisham and Southwark, that are four weeks long and for four days a week
  • Participate in giving brief weekly feedback to participants and their mentors
  • Provide opportunities for apprenticeships or employment at the end of the programme

You will be provided with training and support to set up your work placement and will be invited to attend our end-of-programme events to celebrate the success of the young people and your partnership with the Trust and Vi-Ability.

*Work experience placements are subject to a minimum duration of 4 weeks but hours can vary.

Benefits to your organisation
For employers work experience provides a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Supporting the recruitment of future employees;
  • Promoting personal development of staff who support the placements;
  • Enhancing social responsibility by providing direct links to the local community, which in turn helps to raise an organisation’s profile; and,
  • Inspiring fresh ideas in your business using new pair of eyes.

Overall, work experience enables you to invest in the development of young people today to help support their future employment.

Want to be involved? Contact Elly Virgo on [email protected] or call her on 07450 538916

Business Mentoring

On Track to Achieve is a school based mentoring programme for young people facing disadvantage. The programme includes employability skills, a critical element of young people’s development. We are seeking to recruit Business Mentors who will work with and connect with young people in order to enhance employability and career aspirations.

The Role

  • The Business Mentor will act as a positive role model
  • Support a young person in their development
  • Offer feedback and advice to help with career progression

The Commitment

  • Participate in four sessions with a young person, approx. 2-4 hours per session
  • Participate in post-programme evaluation

We currently need mentors in London & Bradford

Please contact Alexandra on [email protected] for details and to sign up to help a young person today