Search

Dame Kelly Holmes to help out disadvantaged youngsters with help from London South East Colleges

PUBLISHED: 11:35 02 November 2017

Dame Kelly Holmes together with chiefs from London South East Colleges

Dame Kelly Holmes together with chiefs from London South East Colleges

Greater London Authority

The Olympians’ latest initiative launched at City Hall on Wednesday

Disadvantaged youngsters in Bexley and Bromley are set to receive employment help from Dame Kelly Holmes.

The gold medal Olympians’ Getting Back on Track initiative is an eight month programme which will offer young people mentoring from Olympic, Paralympic and world class athletes, while also creating work experience opportunities at 50 London businesses.

More than 250 people will be chosen for the scheme from boroughs including Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Southwark and Lewisham.

London South East Colleges, which has campuses in Erith, Bromley and Orpington is backing the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust campaign and attended its launch at City Hall on Wednesday.

Dame Kelly said: “We believe as a charity that every young person - no matter what their background or current circumstances - has the potential to lead a positive life, which includes being able to enjoy career success.

“One of the biggest things we hear from industry is that young people arrive with a lack of soft skills, which leads to challenges with performance and retention.

“Our trained athlete mentors have the proven ability to unlock the attitudes and behaviours needed to be successful in the workplace, which includes traits such as confidence, motivation, determination and resilience.

“Employers who recruit from our programmes are consistently impressed by their talent and focus, despite not always having the best start in life. Most importantly, our young people find themselves being given opportunities and progression that they might once never have thought possible.”

Sam Parrett, principal and CEO of London South East Colleges said: “London South East Colleges is delighted to be involved with this excellent initiative. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will be given an amazing opportunity to be mentored by top athletes – helping to develop the crucial employability skills that businesses need.

“By working closely with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and other delivery partners. we can help ensure that every single young person on the programme reaches their full potential.”

Latest news

Yesterday, 14:57

A man has today, Thursday, May 24, been arrested in connection with the death of Sophie Cavanagh from Bromley.

Yesterday, 11:00

Bromley twins from Cobham Hall Independent School have created their very own escape room in the school’s dungeon, which was described by a member of staff as “the best I’ve done.”

Wed, 16:59

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a woman who was discovered in a flat in Bromley was deemed suspicious.

Wed, 07:00

The council is offering a £500 reward for information about an abandoned 40ft articulated trailer which was discovered full of dumped rubbish.

Tue, 14:41

To mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War, Bromley’s Burnt Ash Drama Association will be showing three performances of David Haig’s My Boy Jack, based on the true story by Rudyard Kipling.

Tue, 11:00

Kent will have four precious practice days this week to brush up on their white-ball skills before aiming to kick-start their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign for 2018 at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Friday.

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder