Young men in receiving education

12 December 2018

We have been celebrating young people and the incredible success with the 10th YMCA St Paul’s Group’s Get on Track programme, delivered in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and funded by Great Western Railway (GWR).

In essence the aim is to improve young people’s communication skills, help them to learn how to work as a team player and to boost their confidence. The programme leads them into employment, further education or training.

18 young people aged between 16 and 25 years old were looking for work and two of them were homeless and sofa surfing when they started the six-week Get on Track programme in November in Hayes. All of them completed the course, and are now committed to skills training, volunteering and work experience with the corporate partners who took part in the Employment Day.

These corporate partners were Heathrow Academy, Skills Training, Build, Galiford Try, Uxbridge College and Jomas Associates. The two young homeless people were also given accommodation.

“I live at the hostel in Hayes, and looking for work,” said Yowhana Leghese, 25. “I’ve got a degree in Business Studies, so I’m hoping that this programme will help me in finding a job”

Get on Track for young people

Over the six weeks, athletes from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust have mentored the young people and guided them through a series of events, such as a Dragon’s Den corporate day, a community sports day event, a Town Task, Customer Service Training, First Aid training and sports workshops.

“I lived at the YMCA hostel in South Ealing for three years and I’m now living in private accommodation. I’m keen to find a job in accounting or business management,” says Betina Ebondo Calho, 24. “The Get on Track programme has been a great way to build my confidence and meet new people.”

The final celebration was the GO event, held at the Global Academy in Hayes. Each young person spoke to the audience about what they had achieved and the challenges they had faced. They were presented with their certificates by Carol Melvin, former Mayor of Hillingdon. “I love seeing young people flourish like this,” she says.

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