New programme to help young people with employment skills

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Young people in Luton who are not in education, employment or training are being encouraged to take part in a new programme, where they will be mentored by world-class athletes.

The council’s community development service is working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and local partners to deliver the Get On Track scheme.

It is for 16-25 year olds and aims to give them self-discipline, motivation and confidence to enhance their chances of employment.

Those on the course will build relationships, carry out community based projects, develop their communication and teamwork skills, experience work placements and practice interviews.

Professional athletes will offer support throughout the course, sharing their experiences and giving advice.

The next six-week programme starts on Tuesday, August 12, and will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Jamie Brooks, 22, who took part in the programme last year, said: “The whole ‘Get on Track’ programme has been amazing. It’s improved my confidence so much and given me experience of working as a team which I didn’t have before.”